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Rachel Hayes

Lecturer
College of Performing Arts; Department of Dance

Biography

Since the age of 5, Rachel has trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, and Contemporary. By age 10, she was already creating and setting choreography for her middle school’s drama department. In high school, she was ranked among the top company members at her home studio in Huntington Beach, CA, performing a variety of lead roles in multiple productions and competitions. During her Freshman year of college, she discovered a passion for partner dancing via auditioning for a Lindy Hop performance team. After 2 terms as team president and years of diverse training from some of the top partner dance trainers in the country/world, Rachel went on to develop a career for herself in the field of dance. She double majored at Chapman University, earning a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. Additionally, she is a World Title winner in the West Coast Swing competitive dance arena. Based in Los Angeles, California, she currently manages dance programs and teaches at studios, night clubs, and special events all across Southern California while traveling to compete on a national and global level.