This is Rachael's third adventure with us to Panama. Originally from Kansas, she dances with Verge Dance Company and is involved with Dance Waterloo in Austin TX.
what advice do you have for younger dancers? Work hard. Always. Even when you’re tired, especially when you don’t want to, those will be the most rewarding times.
Be present. Always. Don’t allow yourself to tune out what you don’t want to hear, or you don’t think you need to hear. Information your teachers share always fall under two categories: Things to know, things to remember.
what’s currently playing on your iPod? Amos Lee
favorite role danced so far? Scar, from the Lion King 🙂
craziest costume you had to wear? Ursula from the Little Mermaid. There was a huge octopus-looking headpiece, and a satin belt with 8 ft long pieces of fabric controlled by individual dancers. It was amazing. 🙂
most embarrassing moment onstage? My first jazz piece, there were only four of us, I was the youngest, and I definitely hit the deck during a turn, but bounced right back up and finished the piece!
"Dance is the way I communicate most genuinely, purely, and sincerely. I have always been rather shy, and very tall, and dance played a very integral part in my growth as a person. It gave me confidence, and strength, physically and otherwise, and was the introduction to lives with an interactive, relational faith.