Rachel 'Red Boots' Ensor
You can find her bouncing on her heels at the Alhambra stage door, begging Zak to come dancing next weekend. Her hair’s streaked amber and falling in curls. She’s laden down with shopping and suitcases. Red suede boots and a short denim skirt.
- from 'Rachel' in At The Stage Door
Rachel was always so sweet and so kind to Liz and I during the tour - always there with a hug and always winking and ruffling my hair in the finale as she left the stage at the end of every show. As well as being one of my onstage favourites, she quickly became and offstage favourite too - she's so sparkly and vibrant as a person and she's got a beautiful light and warmth to her that is just infectious; she effervesces and draws you in and she just utterly lovely to be around. I remember being so nervous before seeing her again in West Side Story in particular - it had been a long time since I'd seen her in Phantom of the Opera and even longer since Cats and I'd managed to convince myself she would never remember me. And then out she comes of stage door and she's this gorgeous, bubbly spirit just how I remembered her and she spots me immediately and before I can even process that she's remembered me I've been pulled into a lovely warm hug. The first thing she told me was "I was wondering if you would come here [Stoke's Regent theatre] because I remembered that you were from round here and you saw Cats here" and she was so chatty and kind, asking me how I'd been and talking about how much she had always enjoyed it when Liz and I had been in the audience at Cats, telling me how much it meant and saying that it made their day when we were in. I always had such an affection for Rachel, but the sweetness of her telling me that just made me love her even more still.
If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you're hearing.
― Judith Jamison, Dancing Spirit: An Autobiography