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Rachel Barker

Assistant Professor
Full-Time Faculty

2220 RB

Area: Contemporary

Rachel Barker is an Assistant Professor, teaching improvisation, composition, and other courses in the Contemporary Area of the BYU Dance Department. Her current research both questions and seeks to build connections between dance and the various domains, audiences, or communities wherein it might exist, while investigating improvisation both as performance and process. Her forthcoming article, “Educator, Artist, Researcher: A Synergistic Relationship” will be published in the Dance Education In Practice journal, 2018. Barker was recently awarded the NC Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship, and her choreographic work has been presented at the Seattle International Dance Festival, the North Carolina Dance Festival, the On Site/In Site Festival (Winston-Salem, NC), and in venues throughout Utah, Washington, and Ohio. She regularly presents at the National Dance Education Organization Conference (NDEO), and has served as faculty at UNC Charlotte, taught at The Ohio State University, American College Dance Festival, and directed a high school dance program for three years. A Utah native, she received an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University where she was a three-year Distinguished Fellow, an MAT from Westminster College, and a BFA in Dance from the University of Utah.

Research interests:
Dance in alternative spaces, site-specific dance, improvisation as process and performance.

Recent projects:
The Cafuné Project, (Charlotte, NC) in collaboration with visual artist, Marek Ranis: a mixed-media, interactive performance, investigating language and culture through six vignettes incorporating dance, film, improvisation, and live music.

Welcome, (Charlotte, NC, Seattle, WA) a 33- minute trio that leads the audience on a stream-of consciousness-like journey through disparate emotional states and happenings. It explores “human-ness” and ideas of vulnerability through a mixture of movement and spoken word, while questioning the roles of performer and the boundaries of the fourth wall.