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Rachel Grant Rugh

(Rugh sounds like kangaROO!)

Rachel Rugh received a BA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008, and relocated to the Pacific Northwest a year later. While there, she worked with a variety of Seattle dance artists including Pat Graney, aiko kinoshita/acorndance, Jurg Koch, Amy O’Neal and Salt Horse.  In January of 2012, Rachel was one of four emerging choreographers selected to present new work in the Bridge Project space residency at Velocity Dance Center.  In March of 2013, she relocated to Blacksburg, VA.  Since returning to the east coast, she has taught at Virginia Tech, the Virginia Governor's School, and many private studios.  Creatively, she has been engaged in a long-distance collaborative project entitled Mountain Empire Performance Collective, which you can read more about here and here. Rachel is currently pursuing her MFA in dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where her choreography was chosen to represent UWM at the 2016 North-Central ACDA (American College Dance Association) Conference.  There she taught contact improvisation to undergraduate students, and her work was selected to appear in the culminating gala performance.

As a dance artist, Rachel strives to make work that is honest, irreverent and intelligent.  She utilizes the bodies of dancers, trained and untrained, to create relatable emotional experiences in a performance setting.  Her pieces often take on a meditative quality: She has found that performing is the ultimate mindfulness practice-- a shared experience in which the performers, and hopefully the audience, are focused on absolutely nothing else. 

When our minds are clear and our focus is on the present moment, we radiate joy.