Rachel Dodson is a dance artist, educator, choreographer and arts facilitator situated in the Pacific Northwest where she serves as Artistic Director of Moscow Movement Arts Center, Co-Director of Bryra Movement Collective, and adjunct faculty at the University of Idaho. Dodson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in somatic movement The Alexander Technique from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography from the University of California Irvine. She holds additional certificates in "Women and Gender Studies" and "College Teaching" from the University of Colorado Boulder and "The Healthy Dance Practice" certificate from SAFE in Dance International. In 2019 she added a teacher certification in the four-tiered Progressing Ballet Technique program with Marie Walton-Mahon.
Dodson's research lives at the intersection of somatic practice, queer theory, and social phenomena examining cultural influence on the female-identifying body and its causal relationship to the interplay between individual and community identities. She has been commissioned by artsIDAHO and the National Endowment for the Arts on more than one occasion to produce choreographies for the screen and proscenium spaces inspired by her original scholarly research using queer and critical race theoretical framework to analyze media perpetuation of sex-based binaries.
Dodson has performed with various companies and artists as a soloist, duet, and corps dancer as both a permanent and guest artist for over 20 years--including but not limited to performances with Merce Cunningham, Loretta Livingston, Gesel Mason, Nada Diachenko, Mel Wong, Donald McKayle, Israel "El" Gabriel, Architexture Dance Company, Boston Ballet, and the Gilbert Reed Ballet. Her original scholarly and creative research has been invited for presentation at the Hawaii International Conference in Arts and Humanities and FEM + FEST Feminist Art Festival while movement research has been presented at the Colorado Dance Education Organization and American College Dance Association Northwest Conference in 2019 and 2020. Her choreography has been commissioned and featured nationally and internationally in Kyriat Ono and Herzliya Pituach, Israel; Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Paonia, and Lafayette, Colorado; Templeton, Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Irvine, and Santa Cruz, California; Spokane, Washington; and Moscow, Idaho. In 2020 the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts awarded her with a competitive grant to produce "To the Girl I Was" which is scheduled to be screened in the Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival's 'Future in Focus 2021' program.
Photo credits (top to bottom): Daniel Beahm, Wojciech Mochniej,