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Rachel Berman, Department Chair

Rachel Berman​Originally from Hawaii, Rachel Berman has had a diverse career in all aspects of the field of dance, the bulk of which was a decade spent performing principal roles and appearing in numerous television productions with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. She was featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary DANCEMAKER and was the March 1997 cover story for Dance Magazine. She has also performed with, among others, Ballet Hispanico of NY, May O’Donnell, The American Repertory Dance Company, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and the hula companies of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu and Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima O Nuioka. 

Ms. Berman served as Associate Producer for Dancers Responding to AIDS; Company Manager for Company C Contemporary Ballet; the Development Officer for the Taylor Company; and was the Programs Manager at Dance/NYC, a dance advocacy organization which works in alliance with the National service organization, Dance/USA. She is a freelance writer for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher and Dance Studio Life.


Ms. Berman has re-staged Mr. Taylorʻs works throughout the United States (San Francisco Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and Nevada Ballet Theatre among others) and has been on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet/ New School BFA program; Mid-Pacific School of the Arts High School; LASALLE-SIA Singapore College of the Arts; the American Dance Festival; University of the Arts; the Colburn Dance Academy; California Institute of the Arts; Mills College; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; College of Southern Nevada; and the Taylor School.

Ms. Berman has taught master classes and held workshops across the country and around the world for professional companies and at Universities and private studios. She currently heads the modern program at the American Ballet Theatre/ William J. Gillespie School in Costa Mesa. She is the director of Creative Intentions, a pop-up dance workshop.

Ms. Berman earned a BFA from Purchase College, an MFA from Hollins University/ American Dance Festival, is an ABT ® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum, and a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor.

Instructor of: Ballet, Modern, Polynesian, Dance Appreciation, Methodology, Dance as a Profession, (714) 432-5691