Rachel Tess, a Portland native, began her dance training at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre where she performed professionally from 1998-2000.
She received a BFA from The Juilliard School and was a member of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in New York City. She is a Princess Grace award winner for modern dance and was presented with the Martha Hill Dance Award by the Juilliard faculty.
Rachel has been a member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Gothenburg Opera Ballet in Sweden, Adi Salant Dance in Denmark, and currently holds a permanent position with the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm.
She has premiered her choreographic works in Stockholm, Montreal, New York City, and Portland. She was part of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2010 for her work as co-director of Rumpus Room Dance in Portland. She has taught ballet, contemporary dance, and improvisation at Svenska Balletskolan, The Portland Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Conduit Dance, and DOCH where she is a current faculty member.
In 2013 Rachel will receive her masters in choreography from the New Performative Practices Masters program at Danshögskolan in Stockholm.
I-DANCE invited to Danza Abierta in Costa Rica (July 2012)