ContemporaryNew Class Level!
Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00-11:30AM
Rachel is the Artistic Director of metaphors&similesDANCE, a
NYC project based contemporary dance company. Her
presented work at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at
ArtSpace, and at San Jose State in San Jose, CA at the
sjDANCEcoChoreo Project, where she was awarded with the
recognition for choreography. As well as the Pushing
Series, the Young Choreographer's Festival, In- sight Dance
Company's Annual Suite Summer Festival at Socrates
Sculpture Park, the
Annual DUMBO Dance Festival, the Annual Amalgamate
and The Giving Tree, a benefit concert to raise awareness for
pediatric cancer. Rachel has also presented work at J CHEN
TRANSLATE (The Voices of Dance) at Dixon Place, the USDAN
Center for Performing Arts, Mouthfull curated by Holly
Bynum of OF Bones Dance at CPR, the Periapsis Open Series
at Gelsey Kirkland Arts
Center, and alongside singer/songwriter Jenna Nicholls as
of GIG, a live musical and dance performance collaboration
at University Settlement. Last year, Rachel co-produced an
evening of dance at
the West End Theater. This was the first full evening length
produced by metaphors&similesDANCE entitled Two
Companies, One Stage. Most recently, Rachel was one of
chosen for the Eryc Taylor New Choreographer Grant, where
awarded a grant to produce 30 minutes of new work
presented at New York Live Arts.
Rachel teaches open contemporary classes at Peridance Capezio Center, and as sub faculty at Broadway Dance Center, as well as several studios in and around the tri-state area, and The School at Peridance children’s classes.
Rachel is also the director of Peridance Capezio Centers Teen and Winter Intensives, and the Intensive Semester Advisor. Recently, Rachel co-directed the first installment of the Choreographic Development Project with Mitsuko Verdery of Michiyaya Dance at Peridance Capezio Center, a week long process of creating original work involving 4 young emerging choreographers, 12 dancers, and 4 faculty mentors performed at Peridance.
Rachel has worked with Brice Mousset, Calen J. Kurka, Sidra Bell, Jim Cooney -for the Office Max Elf Yourself Ad Campaign and Glamour Magazine, Cara Goodwin - honoring the Wounded Warrior Project at Symphony Space, Emily Greenwell- at the Paul Taylor Theater , Rhapsody James' Sirens After Dark, and the Capezio Ace Awards, Shelly Hutchinson- for the Young Choreographer's Festival, Derek Mitchell- in the Capezio Ace Awards, Carnival The Choreographer's Ball (L.A), Pushing Progress Showcase Series, and a TV promo for Wendy Williams.
Class is designed to encourage students to embrace the challenges of training. To allow for the development of ones unique artistry and strength as a technically trained, and versatile dancer, story teller, and creator. From start of class to finish, dancers are asked to take risks, explore new ideas within their conversation of movement, and to always continue creating and sharing. Class consists of a 30- 45 minute warm up which includes yoga and Pilates based exercises as well as Gyrokinesis inspired transitions and ideas’, creating a warm up that prepares the dancer for improvisation and phrase work to follow. Phrase work is driven by music from hip-hop to instrumental. It is athletic, intricate, and intrinsic. Because of Rachel’s past experience in theater, hip hop, and jazz, her phrase work varies as far as stylization and vocabulary, Class environment is fun, light hearted, but driven by the desire to understand the body more deeply, and push physical and emotional limits.
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