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Rachel Helten is a Vancouver based dance artist, choreographer, and teacher. In 2016, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Simon Fraser University. Since then she has traveled to Ecuador where she taught dance at an art therapy centre as well as trained in Florence, Italy in a process facilitated by illustrious dance creatives from around the globe.
Following her travels, she has been teaching, working as an independent artist in various avenues as a performer and choreographer. In recent past, Rachel finished a process with the Lovers Cabaret as well as The East Vancouver Opera. She has been blessed to be a part of processes under the leadership of a vast array of artists such as Crystal Pite, The Plastic Orchid Factory, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Vanessa Goodman, Judith Garay, Rob Kitsos, Desirée Dunbar, Emmalena Fredriksson, Gioconda Barbuto, Wen Wei Wang, Sarah Chase, Heather Myers and Dorotea Saykaly.
Moreover, she has an affinity for collaborative and interdisciplinary methods and has had the pleasure of producing her own work. She is enormously grateful to be a part of the “There’s No Place Like Home” process and to be amidst the unifying and inspiring energy of Dezza Dance. Rachel would like to thank Desirée Dunbar and all of her collaborators for enriching the space with their generosity, sensitivity, bravery, and brilliance.
Finally, she would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support and for all those who have helped shape who she is today.