Say hello to Rachael Flynn. Rachael is a professional dancer and has worked all over the world. We're delighted to have her on board as an ambassador this year and we are so thrilled with the stunning photos from her introductory shoot! Check out her photos below and read all about Rachael.
Tell us a little bit about your dance training so far: Where and when you started out? Where you have trained and worked?
I was 3 years old when I started taking ballet with Annette Hynes in Bray. When Annette's school became The Bray School of Dance, I continued ballet there and also started modern and tap dance classes too. As a teenager, I attended The Dance Summer School in Scotland, and from then I knew I wanted to train professionally to become a dancer. At the age of 18, I moved to England to train for three years at the Deborah Capon College. While I was in college, I gained my DDE teaching qualifications in ballet, modern and tap.
After graduating, I moved to London where I danced with companies such as The London Cabaret Club and The Vegas Showgirls. During my time in London, I also began teaching in colleges including D&B Academy of Performing Arts and Performers College. It really ignited my passion for teaching aspiring dancers. In 2017 I began working for Choreography by Gail Inc and flew to Las Vegas to start rehearsals for my dream job. I have been lucky enough to work for them as a production dancer, dance captain, adage dancer and illusion assistant and travel the world at the same time!
What has been your favourite dance-related moment in your career so far?
During my time in London, I was lucky enough to dance at some amazing high profile events... If I had to choose one it would have to be the Royal Variety Performance. It was definitely one of the most glamorous moments of my life, I felt so lucky to be on stage performing in front of an audience of VIPS!
Did you get up to any interesting dance projects during lockdown?
During the lockdown, I was invited to teach (over zoom) for Morea Performing Arts. They are starting an associate programme here in Ireland and I taught the jazz round for the auditions. It was the highlight of lockdown for me, to be given the opportunity to teach aspiring young dancers from Ireland. It was an honour to work with MPA, they have been such a big part of my training and career, so to be a guest teacher for them is incredibly special to me.
I also decided to use the time during lockdown to upskill, so I did an online course to become a barre instructor. It was the perfect way to combine my love of dancing with my passion for fitness, and to enhance my knowledge and keep my body moving.
Why did you decide to apply for the ambassador programme?
Having been away for nine years, I wanted to reconnect with the dance community here in Ireland, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that. It's so amazing to come home see the talent we have here, and the growing dedication to dance in Ireland. I'm so excited to be an ambassador for Dance World this year, it's a great opportunity to connect with others who share my love of dance and to work with a brand that is so passionate about what they do.
What one piece of advice would you like to give to younger/aspiring dancers who are just starting out?
You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Always be polite, professional and work hard. Whether you're in class, at an audition or on a professional job, etiquette and respect will always go a long way. Have the belief and confidence in your own ability, set your goals, and follow your dreams!
What do you hope to achieve career-wise this year?
This year I am very lucky to be heading off to Japan on a performing contract for a few months. I will be part of a cast of international performers and I'm so excited to share the stage with such a talented group of people. We will be premiering some exciting new shows out there, and it's always such a special feeling to be an original cast member for a new production. I can't wait to get back to doing what I love every day!
What is your favourite Dance World product?
Hit the studio and turn heads in this brand new high-neck crop top from the Floriade Bloch Separates collection. Flattering and supportive, this cap-sleeved top features a keyhole back and floral mesh detailing. Perfect for competitions or even for wearing right out of the studio...it’s that cute!
Stand out and make a statement in the Contessa leotard from So Danca’s new Mesh that Moves collection. Halter neck, keyhole back, contrast shimmer microfibre and mesh panelling combine to make this leotard truly memorable.
This cropped length, long-sleeved top is perfect for inside the studio and out! In a slinky microfibre fabric with tonal BLOCH logo printed across the midsection and thumbholes for slim, elongated arm lines. Wear over a leotard or with leggings or shorts for an edgy dance look!
This Jacquard fishnet t-shirt is flowy, soft and with loose-fit cap sleeves. The perfect addition to any workout look. Throw it on over leggings and a crop top for the gym or over jeans and with heels at the weekend, the opportunities are endless. With Pineapple dance logo tape on the hemline and cuffs and a classic round neckline, this top is versatile and stylish.