Dr Rachel Farrer
Senior Lecturer in Dance
My research and teaching focuses on community arts and professional practice within the performance industry including: Arts and health, freelance working, mentorship, and youth arts engagement. I am passionate about engaging diverse communities in arts and education.
I lead on employability units across the Dance, Performing Arts, Acting and Theatre courses at the University, and supervise undergraduate and post graduate research. In my role as Recruitment Coordinator for the School of Media and Performance I worked with internal and external partners to improve access routes for young people into studying Performance subjects at Higher Education.
I am currently leading on a project funded by the Arts Council England, in partnership with DanceEast and One Dance UK, called the East Youth Dance Network, which aims to develop access and provision for youth dance across the East of England. As part of this I am undertaking research into the impact of intergenerational arts on communities, through the projects Hear & Now, in collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra and, Generations Dancing, a Lottery funded project which partners Bedford schools and care homes with professional artists. Past research projects have included a study into the working conditions of freelance dancers, and an evaluation of the DanceHE Early Career Group and mentoring scheme which I convened and coordinated.
- MA Dance by Independent Study, De Montfort University
- BA (Hons) Dance, De Montfort University
- Professional practice
- Dance technique
- Farrer, R. (2018) ‘Early career dance academia: An investigation into the DanceHE Early Career Mentor Scheme’ Research in Dance Education. [In print]
- Farrer, R., & Aujla, I.J. (2017) Challenging dance hierarchies: perceptions of success in community dance practice. Animated. Summer, pp.29-31.
- Aujla, I.J. & Farrer, R. (2017) ‘The role of psychological factors in the career of the independent dancer',?Journal Medecine des Arts.?83, pp.12-23.
- Farrer, R., & Aujla, I.J. (2016) Understanding the independent dancer: roles, development and success. Dance Research, 34(2), pp. 202-219.
- Aujla, I.J. & Farrer, R. (2016) Independent dancers: Roles, motivation and success - PDF 8.4 MB Bedford: University of Bedfordshire.
- Aujla, I.J., & Farrer, R. (2015) 'The role of psychological factors in the career of the independent dancer', Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01688
- Farrer, R. (2014) 'The creative dancer', Research in Dance Education.15, (1), pp.95-104.
- Farrer, R., & Aujla, I.J. (2016) Getting out of the box - how to survive as a dance artist. 10th November, Dance4, Nottingham.
- Farrer, R., & Aujla, I.J. (2016) Dance medicine and science research workshop, 13-14 June, Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton.
- Farrer, R., & Aujla, I.J., (2015) ‘Independent artists: perceptions and practice’, presented at Parlour Conversation, 10 September 2015, Independent Dance, London.
- Aujla, I.J., & Farrer, R. (2015) ‘The experiences of independent dancers: Motivation and mental skills’, presented at the International Symposium on Performance Science, 2-5 September 2015, Kyoto, Japan.
- Farrer, R. & Douse, L. (2018) Beds Talks: Generations Dancing launch, 8th March 2018, University of Bedfordshire, Bedford [Event convener]
- Farrer, R. & Aujla, I.J. (2016) Independent dancers: Research launch, 27th April 2016, University of Bedfordshire, Bedford. [Event convener].
- Farrer, R. (2015) DanceHE Early Career Symposium Dance in the 21st Century: Questioning methods of practice, pedagogy and research, 7th April 2015, University of Bedfordshire, Bedford. [Conference convener].
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