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RACHAEL POIRIER 

Rachael Poirier has more than 17 years of experience as a choreographer and dance instructor and has trained throughout North America in cities including Vancouver, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. Her dances have captivated audiences across Canada, the US and as far away as Japan, China, Bulgaria, Greece and Sweden, winning numerous awards for their innovative style and consistent originality. Her most recent credits include the choreography for Alex Wong’s “Capture the Tiger” solo, with which he became the first Canadian winner at the Prix De Lausanne in Switzerland. This piece has also been performed with A.B.T. Studio Theatre N.Y. in 2005 and the Miami City Ballet Company for their 2006 season. Her innovative choreography for Fei Fei Ye’s Contemporary piece “Innocence” was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Varna Competition. Rachael was also awarded a choreography award for Melissa Ong’s performance of “Attitude with Strings” at the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix in Carolina. Rachael has choreographed for numerous industrial shows as well as the opening acts for the B.C. Country Music Awards, for Michael Buble, and for the world renowned magician Juliana Chen.

Ms. Poirier founded R.P. Danzmode Productions in Vancouver, B.C. Canada in 1994. Many of the dancers from Danzmode Productions have become professional dancers working with artists such as Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Rianna, Chris Brown, Mia Michaels and Jenifer Lopez. Others have danced for prestigious Academies and Companies including the San Francisco Ballet, Washington D.C. Ballet Company and the National Ballet of Canada. Numerous students/dancers of Rachael’s represented with her choreography have gone on to compete and win at the B.C. Provincials in the Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Musical Theatre categories. Her students have been runner-ups four times at the New York City Dance Alliance National Finale and in 2006 Rachael’s Teen Outstanding Dancer (Kirsten Wicklund) won in the New York National Finals.

Most of Rachael’s time is spent in her home studio “Danzmode Productions” in Burnaby B.C. working with her competitive companies. She continues to set pieces and coach Goh Ballet students for International competitions. At the 2007 Youth Grand Prix in Los Angeles Alyssa Stevens was awarded outstanding Contemporary performance for her dance “womb” choreographed by Rachael. Rachel has recently been asked to represent Canada as a choreographer taking a team of twenty four dancers to the World Dance Competition in Germany.

Dance has been Rachael’s life, her dreams and her existence since she was five years old. Teaching allows her to share her passion and knowledge of dance gained through her experiences.