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Education/Co- Director

Rachel Oliver Young is the Education Director of the Classical and Contemporary Pre-Professional Dance Program at Denver School of the Arts, and a certified teacher through the Colorado Department of Education.  Rachel holds an MFA in Dance, as an Arts and Sciences Fellow at CU-Boulder, and a BS in Dance and Biochemistry from Beloit College, having graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Rachel is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

As an educator, Rachel strives to provide a deep and factual understanding of anatomical information, while encouraging body awareness, strengthening, and an increase in flexibility in her dance classes, and offer injury prevention and dance wellness to students at Denver School of the Arts. Rachel completed her Pilates Mat certification through ITT Pilates at A Body of Work in San Francisco, and has been teaching Pilates for the past 11 years.  Rachel holds an MFA in Dance, with concentrations in Performance, Choreography and Somatics and Dance Wellness, studying Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centering.  Additionally, she has worked in physical therapy settings around the country, working one-on-one with patients, educating proper biomechanics and form for injury recovery.

Rachel has performed professionally across the country as a freelance dancer and a company member.   Rachel has performed professionally with Avodah Dance (New York), Ballet Afsaneh (San Francisco), Carli Mareneck (West Virginia), Dance Theatre/Shannon (San Francisco), Double Vision (San Francisco), ecnDanceworks (Chicago, now The Moving Architects in NY), Gesel Mason (New York), Presidio Dance Theatre (San Francisco), Shandoah Goldman/Carte Blanche Performance (New York), Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty (New York), Tough Cookie (Brooklyn), You & Me Performance Project (Denver), and the West Virginia Dance Company, touring the Mid-Atlantic Region for three years under the direction of Toneta Akers-Toler and Donald Laney, performing work by Gerri Houlihan, Doug Varone, and others.

As a dance maker, Rachel has created work for women’s prisons, public schools, outside spaces, multi-media performance spaces, and traditional theaters.  Rachel’s choreographic work has been presented nationally and internationally, most notably being commissioned by Bare Bait Dance Company, Centennial State Ballet, and West Virginia Dance Company, sponsored by the Atlas Black Box Experimental Studio in Boulder, CO and selected for performance at WestFest Dance in New York and Performática in México, and presented at the University of Iowa, WV Wesleyan University, the Philly Live Arts & Fringe (PA), Dixon Place (NY) and Triskelion Arts (NY).

Rachel has taught dance courses and as a guest artist at public schools, dance studios, women’s prisons, community centers and universities across the country including University of Colorado-Boulder, Metro State University, for the Colorado Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Longmont Dance Theatre, Presidio Dance Academy, Radford University, Performática, and Pikes Peak Community College.  Through teaching Dance & Popular Culture at CU-Boulder, Rachel was nominated by the Theatre & Dance department and awarded the Graduate Part-Time Instructor Teaching Excellence Award by The Graduate School at CU-Boulder.

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