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Welcome to everyBODY dance


The aerial work began in 1999 with a film project using an antique flying harness borrowed from the local theatre!! Since then the work has been refined and reinvented using a range of up-to-date climbing equipment.
Rachel has led a series of residential training events, for adults, children and family groups. She has also directed a number of touring productions working with a range of performers and artists. The principles of aerial work remain the same but techniques are adapted to suit individual needs. There has yet to be somebody who wishes to fly but cannot access the opportunity. The equipment size ranges from XXS to XXXL!

Aerial dancers

Each workshop begins with a physical warm-up and introduction to the equipment and safety considerations. This is followed by getting 'onto the ropes' either using harnesses or fabric cocoons depending on body types.

Rachel working on a piece at Scottish Opera

Basic techniques of swinging and stopping are gradually introduced and developed with turning, tipping and inversion. Participants are encouraged to use their hands and feet to work with the floor or a partner and to play with gravity.
The rope always wants to get back to its centre-point and the aerial work uses this, pulling, pushing, resisting and yielding but never fighting!

Preparing for aerial work

Once participants have gained confidence and control they can move onto faster and slower, higher and bigger moves. We take creative risks NOT physical risks, challenging choreographic ideas and exploring new physical potential but always maintaining safe practice.



Summer Fun


In January our lead artist Rachel was invited to share her inclusive experience at the 'Accessible Aerial’ symposium and 'Vertical Dance Forum Alternative Perspectives' week, where an international group of choreographers and dancers worked with disabled/deaf & disabled artists to investigate accessibility and innovation in aerial harness work.
"I really appreciated Rachel’s personality and valuable experience. Her interventions were very gentle, and she was a unifier and focal point that helped keep the flow of the research on track and comprehensive and everyone feeling fulfilled."

Gravity and Levity

Credit: Mark Morreau, Vertical Dance Forum & Gravity & Levity


WOMAD 2018

We were at Wonderful WOMAD in July with a programme for children based on this year's theme of INSECTS. There as a rain machine, giant web and lots of lovely bug things to do. Open to 5 years+, all abilities were welcome, no previous experience needed.


Marches Family Day


Come and join us for a fun day at Longlands Care Farm  on Tuesday 28th August

day of aerial dance



Aerial Workshops in Malvern

Aerial workshops in Malvern

New Year, New You?!

Fitness classes in Malvern in early 2017

Aerial fitness at the Cube, Malvern


Opening of European Wheelchair
Basketball Championships

Our amazing team of #aerialists at the opening of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships @EuroWBchamps15

Aerialists at opening ceremony

Nine young dancers from Dancefest’s youth dance companies are taking part in a new aerial dance project with EVERYBODY DANCE.

Young dancers flying high at Worcester Arena for opening of European Wheelchair Basketball Championships

The five male and four female dancers aged 13 to 30 were working to create a performance for the spectacular opening ceremony of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships at Worcester Arena on Friday 28 August, which will saw the continent’s greatest teams descend on the city to play for both the European title and their place at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The opening ceremony took place on Friday 28th August in front of TV cameras, national and international press and a royal visit.


Germany 2015

Some community work in Germany in the summer of 2015.

Click here for a short sample video.

Dance Piece in the Cathedral

As part of the Voices and Visions project, Rachel choreographed an aerial piece for four young students who had never been on a rope before! They were amazing and the Cathedral looked beautiful as they performed "Angels in the Architecture" on ropes hanging from the balustrades.

Voices and Visions

For more pics of the rehearsal and the performance, click here.

Produced by EVERYBODY DANCE with the support of Worcester County Council for Voices and Visions.


Star Centre

We've been working at NSC over the past 15 months helping them to develop their own in-house aerial dance programme. There's been lots of exciting progress with staff and students building their confidence and skills. Sarah Gardiner leads the dance programme at NSC and has put lots of energy into this new initiative. We look forward to leading some more workshops for them in 2014.


We worked with Nicola Winstanley and Sarah Nadin of Dashyline on an inspirational project called Unearthed. The project included a host of workshops and events with everyBODY dance creating a new aerial work for the unveiling ceremony of the Unearthed sculpture. Find out more about this remarkable humanitarian act by North Staffordshire miners in World War 2 through this stunning set of videos.

The Unearthed team!

Local dancers Clare Reynolds, Anna Simpson, James Bartley and Sam Shaw with Rachel just before the performance at the City centre bus station on Saturday 26th October.

And airborne -

Unearthed performance

move out

Jack and Sarah
Jack and Sarah loved their day!

**For an album of photos of the move out event, please click here**.

Aerial O With Scottish Opera

We headed up the M6 to Glasgow, trailer with rig in tow. We’d done a similar project last year with Scottish Opera and Dirty Feet but, with a few changes to the artist team and participant groups, this year was a bit of an unknown.
Five slightly chaotic days later, a cast of 38 performed a fabulous piece of aerial dance opera based on the theme of friendship, with original songs, design and choreography all created by the cast.
But the performances were really only a small part of the project; the week was full of heart-warming, spine-tingling moments between all the participants, meeting, supporting, challenging and entertaining each other in this creatively inclusive project.

Please follow this link for more than 200 photos of the rehearsals and performances of Aerial O.