A dancer since the age of four, and with a family background of Ballroom and Latin Champions, Rachael, through her love of dance discovered and trains in many different forms of dance which to date include ballet, tap, modern, jazz, disco, ballroom, latin, salsa, west coast swing, hip hop, and of course Line Dancing. She began teaching line dance in York, England at the young age of 15.
With an ambition to dance and travel, she began competing with her first competition at the UCWDC European Championships in April 1999 returning the following year as a Superstar. Having won many British and European titles she also took home a Double World title from UCWDC Worlds 2000 as the Grand Classic and Showcase Line Dance Champion and was the first European female to qualify for the Superstar Division which is the highest competitive level in UCWDC Line Dance, she returned from UCWDC Worlds 2001 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada as the Female Superstar World Champion, a most memorable event.
Studying Sport and Languages, she finished college in June 1999 with 10 GCSEs and A-Levels in French, German and Sport Studies. However following her competitive success and her passion for dance she decided to make it her career and has since travelled internationally teaching workshops, demonstrating, coaching and competing.
Since her career began in line dance she has won many awards around the world for her instruction and choreography.
Rachael’s hobbies include……… more dancing, favourites being West Coast Swing and Salsa. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends any time that she gets to spend at home.
In 2002 as part of an exciting new venture, Rachael joined forces with Pedro Machado, Rob Fowler, Paul McAdam and Barbara Blake and formed a company known as Masters In Line. As a director Rachael ran events, coordinated competition, judged, performed and scrutineered around the World including Malaysia, Singapore, USA, South Africa as well as all across Europe. Having travelled the World and worked extremely hard to build such a grand organisation she found in 2007 she needed more quality time to pursue other interests, as a founder of Masters In Line she is proud of their achievement and hope it continues to flourish in the future.
Rachael has many students who have followed in her footsteps and become World Champions themselves. To date she has trained 28 World Champions from Newcomer’s through to the highest level, and from the youngest to the eldest competitors.
Rachael would like to thank her sponsors over the years including Maureen Lewis, Geoff and Eileen from Gem-n-I as well as her current sponsor for dance dresses Karen Welch of www.bacardicostumes.com. She would also like to thank her parents Ian and Gill for being such an incredible support throughout her life and encouraging her to follow her dream, Rob Fowler, Pedro Machado, Jo Thompson and Paul McAdam for all their help and inspiration throughout the years.
Not forgetting of course Rachael's Classes in York, thanks for all your support over the last twelve years, you're the best!
There are so many instructors, choreographers and friends out there, thank you to all of you who have touched my life in the last few years I will never forget you and love you always.
Looking forward to the years ahead Rachael will continue to tour the UK as well as Australia, Asia, Europe and The United States, where she will see you on a dance floor soon! Any form of dance, any time, any where, I hope to see you there.