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Rachel Dodson

Dance Artist, Educator, Choreographer, and Performer

FEM + FEST Feminist Art Festival 2019

The vision of Spokane NOW's FEM+FEST Spokane Feminist Art Festival is to present visual arts, spoken word, live music and other entertainment that highlights empowering and diverse representations of feminism in the Inland Northwest, and speaks to the importance of intersectionality as the new feminist paradigm.

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Posted 4/6/19

"Convergence" Contemporary Dance Concert 2018

The University of Idaho Dance Program will present its annual fall main stage performance, “Convergence,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 25-27 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in the Hartung Theatre. A Q&A with the choreographers and dancers will follow the Oct. 28 matinee performance.


This fall’s show includes choreography from College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Dance faculty members Belle Baggs, Melanie Meenan, and Rachel Dodson.


The performance will also showcases choreography from the guest company DanceBarn. DanceBarn is co-directed by Molly Johnston and Ayumi Shafer, artists based in Minnesota. Their mission is to build community, aspire to create challenging and innovative dance, reinvent dance as collaborative community art and nurture creative minds and bodies. These artists have also worked intensely with dance majors and minors in creating choreography to be highlighted in the show. Sixteen students were selected through an audition process to perform in this pre-professional experience.

Posted 9/12/18

"inHabit - A Festival of Dance for Camera, 2018" - CALL FOR ENTRIES!

“Engaging community and coming together through a love for dance and expression”

The first ever festival of its kind on the Central Coast, “inHabit” is intended to bring artists and the community together to celebrate our unique perspectives, histories, and artistic expressions. It is our hope that in building bridges within our community, we will strengthen the fibers of our human connections while embracing the beauty of differences through this shared vision.

Both novice and established film-makers are encouraged to submit narrative, abstract, animated, and/or short films that push boundaries and experiment with cutting edge media while expressing themselves in uniquely authentic ways.

“inHabit” will make its exciting launch in May 2018 and incorporate site-specific, live performance and stand-alone dance for camera works in one unique production.

Posted 11/30/17

Posted 10/11/2017

Buffs United Event 2017

A partnership of CU Boulder students, faculty and staff will host a Jan. 25 BuffsUnited event that will support the values of an inclusive campus and the Colorado Creed.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. BuffsUnited will include speeches and musical performances to highlight important social issues.

“BuffsUnited is a celebration of a CU community that recognizes there’s value in all dimensions of diversity on our campus,” said Associate Professor Samuel Flaxman, an event organizer. “We want to build inclusion and improve campus climate in a way that affirms the values of the Colorado Creed.”

Posted 1/16/17

Longmont Dance Theatre & Centennial State Ballet

Improvisation Modern Fusion

Premier Dance Academy

Contemporary Modern Fusion

June 20th 6:30pm-8pm - Advanced

June 22nd 11am-2pm - Intermediate

A pair of unrelated dance works comprise a two-act production. Dodson's piece twists and writhes in a sensorial journey accessing the unity of mind, body and spirit while turning the self inside out to explore one's inner landscape. Interested in unearthing the creature within, Dodson seeks to peer under the surface of who we are in order to see what animal self lies in wait.

October 21st & 22nd, 7:30p.m.

October 23rd, 2p.m.

Charlotte York Irey Theatre, CU Boulder

Posted 8/3/16

Longmont Dance Theatre & Centennial State Ballet

Contemporary Fusion

June 20th-24th, 2016 - 10am-3pm

Premier Dance Academy

Modern Contemporary Fusion

June 14, 2016 - 6:30pm-8pm - Advanced

June 16, 2016 - 11am-2pm - Intermediate

Production Company Dance Center

Voyage Intensive

June 28-30, 2016 - 9am-12pm

Dancers will be immersed in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, improvisation.

The Ballet Intensive

July 26-28, 2016 - 9am-4pm

An inclusive ballet immersion experience offering a brief overview of the classical ballet cannon, anatomy for dancers, classical variations, floor barre, pre-pointe and pointe technique. An exciting opportunity to take your ballet training to the next level!

The Art Underground

The Ballet Intensive

A combination of ballet technique, repertory, and stretch/strength/conditioning for dancers

Morro Bay High School Dance Workshop

Contemporary

August 15th-17th, 2016 - 9am-3pm - Beginning/Intermediate

Posted 3/22/16

Hawaii International Conference in Arts & Humanities 2016 - Conference Presenter

Dodson's personal research paper and embodied presentation was selected for presentation at the Hawaii International Conference in Arts & Humanities 2016. Dodson examined the ultra-thin body type most commonly seen at the forefront of American classical ballet. She uncovered historical roots and illuminated the structures of power in dance instruction, and society, which collude to maintain its institutionalization. She was invited o independently present this research regarding female body image, fashion print media, and American classical ballet in a lecture/demonstration setting.

Posted 1/2/2016

Master Ballet Class - High School Dance Dance 2016 at the University of Colorado Boulder

CU Boulder Department of Theatre and Dance hosts their annual High School Dance Day in the fall on campus. This event is open to high school students, their teachers, coaches and parents. Multiple dance classes are offered, along with an informal performance, BFA and scholarship auditions, and Q&A sessions for prospective students.

Rachel will be teaching an Intermediate-level master class 1pm-2pm in W350.

Posted 10/2/15

"The Otherland" - An M.F.A. dance concert created by Bailey Anderson and Rosely Conz

In their MFA show, Bailey Anderson and Rosely Conz explore what it means to be a stranger in one’s everyday world. Through contemporary dance full of intimate physicality and rich imagery that includes beets, mattresses and artificial grass, this evening-length work focuses on concepts of disability and foreignness.

October 16th-18th, Charlotte York Irey Theatre

University of Colorado Boulder

Friday & Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm 

Posted 10/2/15

CODEO Dance Education Conference 2015 - Focus Session Faculty

Rachel discusses the practical applications of The Alexander Technique to dance technique with high school students and instructors. Lecture included discussion, partner exercises, and group experiments to apply concepts to basic movements.

CODEO Conferece - October 4, 2015

"From the Inner Landscape to External Aesthetic" Movement-based class, 9-10am

"Practical Application of The Alexander Technique" Lecture/Demonstration class 1pm-2pm

Posted 8/30/15

* * * Summer Intensives 2015 * * *

Longmont Dance Theatre & Centennial State Ballet

Contemporary Fusion

June 1st-5th, 2015 - 10am-3pm

Classical Ballet Variations

June 22nd-25th - 10am-12pm - Beginning

June 22nd-25th - 1pm-3pm - Intermediate

Premier Dance Academy

Modern Contemporary Fusion

June 2, 2015 - 6pm-8pm - Advanced

July 2, 2015 - 11am-2pm - Intermediate

Morro Bay High School Dance Workshop

Contemporary

August 10th-12th - 9am-3pm - Beginning/Intermediate

Production Company Dance Center

The Ballet Intensive

August 15th-16th - 9am-3pm

Posted 5/4/2015

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