RCD's Engagement Work

Since first forming, RCD has nurtured the creative potential of many young dancers, professionals and shared a passion for moving with a rich range of local communities throughout the UK and abroad via independent workshops, residencies and community participatory programmes. The ensemble leads large and ambitious community experiences in the South West of England and in Wales. These programmes involve extensive performing of intergenerational and integrated casts.Through these sessions, RCD's engagement team give participants an insight into the company's creative methods and ideology, through their inclusive, playful and challenging approach to contemporary dance.

Since 2017, RCD has created four ambitious choreographies for large intergenerational community casts with the organisations  Dance Blast, Dance in Devon, Span Arts and Torbay Culture. 

As a community dance artist, Richard has five years of experience working as an inclusive arts facilitator and support worker for ROC Creative, alongside delivering regular workings to young people with learning difficulties, through Lifeworks and Dance in Devon. Richard works regularly with young people through organisations such as One Dance UK, National Youth Ballet, ENBYouthCo and the Centre of Advanced Training programmes at Dance City, Swindon Dance and DanceXchange. 

Focusing on choreography, contemporary technique and improvisation, Richard has guest lectured for renowned course, including Rambert School, ArtEz Institute of the Arts (Holland), Lasalle College of Arts (Singapore), Singapore School of the Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Bath Spa University and Tring Park School.

Should you wish to discuss a way RCD can engage with your dance group or programme, email richard@richardchappelldance.co.uk .

Photography Faye Tan - Richard Chappell Dance - RCD Devon Intensive 2014