Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Rachel Kelly (she/her) is a contemporary dancer that graduated from the Dance Performance Program at George Brown College in Toronto. While training at George Brown, Rachel had the opportunity to work with Hanna Kiel, Anisa Tejpar, Darryl Tracy, Tina Fushell, and Sharon Moore. Rachel has also trained with Proartedanza at their summer intensive training program where she worked with Ryan Lee, Kelly Shaw, Roberto Campanella, and Robert Glumbek. Prior to training in Toronto, Rachel trained at East Coast Dance Academy in all styles of dance.
What do you want people to get from your class?
My top priority for dancers in my classes is that everyone feels comfortable. Feeling comfort helps a person to fully let go and express themselves while dancing. I always try to express to dancers that it’s not about being perfect, what is important is that everyone leaves the studio feeling more enriched, happy, emotional, full, and excited than when they entered. Creating a space where everyone is welcoming and we as a community can grow and have fun while learning a bit more about the art of dance.
What motivates you to dance?
Dance has and will always be a huge part of my life. I can’t picture a time in my life without it. It’s a natural instinct to dance and to create. One other factor that majorly pushed me is the amazing community of dancers at House of Eights. Having that drive to do what you love and do it alongside others is such a rewarding experience.
What are some highlights of your career as a dancer/choreographer?
Growing up in Nova Scotia I got to train and learn from some amazing teachers and choreographers. They guided and helped me along my path to train professionally in Toronto in 2018. Since moving back home I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside them. I am incredibly grateful to work with people who I feel made a huge impact on me growing up. I have reached goals I’ve dreamed about and I’m excited to create new dreams and work towards those as well.