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Rachel Oliver

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Rachel Oliver is a mountain woman from Montana, a dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and a bit of a crazy cat lady. Rachel holds a BS in Dance and Biochemistry from Beloit College, having graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Recently, Rachel completed an MFA in Dance, focusing on Somatics and Dance Wellness, as an Arts and Sciences Fellow at CU-Boulder. While at CU, Rachel worked with the You & Me Performance Project and performed as a guest artist with Missoula’s Bare Bait Dance Co. As a performer, she has also had the opportunity to perform professionally at venues throughout the country with Chicago based company ecnDanceworks (now The Moving Architects), San Francisco based companies Double Vision, Dance Theatre/Shannon and Presidio Dance Theatre; and West Virginia Dance Company, among others. Rachel’s choreographic work has been presented in many settings, including being commissioned by Longmont Dance Theatre and West Virginia Dance Company, selected for performance at Performática in San Andrés Cholula, Puebla, México and the West Virginia Dance Festival, and presented at Between the Bones Studio Collective, the ATLAS Institute, the Philly Live Arts & Fringe, the Jack and Triskelion Arts. Rachel is currently an adjunct instructor at CU-Boulder, and has taught at Radford University, Performática, Pikes Peak Community College, and many other dance centers and studios across the country.

Now based in NYC, Rachel is a co-founder & collaborator with Brooklyn-based lonely collective, and is currently working with Tough Cookie Dance, Carte Blanche Performance, Avodah Dance, and producing her own choreographic work. She is an interdisciplinary choreographer who often explores autobiographical stories, teasing out facets of each experience to shape a persona based on biography.