Rachel is a roue cyr artist and a dancer. In addition, she does aerial hoop, pole dance, duo trapeze, and banquine/hand to hand.
Born and raised in New York City, Rachel grew up dancing at the School of American Ballet and the Paul Taylor School, but always dreamed of circus. At 16-years-old, Rachel happened upon an aerial silks workshop and something clicked, but she wasn’t ready to give up dance just yet. Over the next few years, while she was performing with contemporary dance companies such as CorbinDances and the Sean Curran Company, Rachel’s interest in circus grew leading her to start to create and regularly perform her own work, which combined dance and circus, in various cabarets, nightclubs, and for special events all over the US and in Italy and the UK as well.
In 2012, Rachel discovered cyr wheel - the perfect melding of dance and acrobatics - at the National Circus School of Montreal (NCS). While at NCS she performed at festivals in France (at Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf and at Circa in Auch) and created the show Méandre as part of the Atelier de recherche et creation, which was performed at the TOHU in Montreal.
After graduation in 2015, Rachel spent the summer performing a street show, La Belle et ses Bichons, at festivals in Quebec, Switzerland, Germany, and France before returning to Montreal to participate in the creation of the new Cirque du Soleil show, Luzia. She went on to tour the United States and Canada with Luzia from 2015 to 2017 performing both cyr wheel as well as pole dance. In July 2017 she performed with 45 Degrees for the live-televised celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary in Ottawa.
Rachel now is based in France and has joined Cie. Puéril Péril in creating their new evening-length show, which will premiere October 2018.
She also studied anthropology at Columbia University from 2006-2009 and hopes to someday return and continue her studies.