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Rachel Russell

MA '16

Rachel Russell

Rachel Russell is a performer and dance educator interested in the liberation of black women through understanding and bolstering the world making of black women in the arts and beyond. Rachel dances with Àṣẹ Dance Theatre Collective and Sydnie L. Mosley Dances. Rachel has served as an arts administrator, production/choreographer's assistant, research assistant, administrative intern, and workshop co-facilitator for choreographers such as Ni’Ja Whitson, and organizations such as Urban Bush Women. In the spring of 2013 Rachel presented her undergraduate thesis paper, “She Called Her Laquifa!” at the American College Dance Festival Association at the Minnesota State University-Mankato.


New York University

Master of Arts - Performance Studies

New York, New York


Columbia College 

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance Pedagogy

Chicago, Illinois

Awards Received

2012-2013 Forrest Foundation Dance Center Scholarship 


2012-2013 Scholarship Columbia Recipient


2011-2012 David R. Rubin Scholarship Recipient