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Rachel

Performing Artist, Instructor and Choreographer
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ABOUT RACHEL

Beginning her belly dance career in 1994, Rachel has become an extremely sought after performer and instructor.  Rachel is one of the highest certified dancers in the world in the Salimpour™ formats.  A perpetual student of movement art, this Level 5 certified dancer is a multi-award winning performer and teaches workshops and classes worldwide.  Based in Southern California, Rachel is San Diego’s number one premier belly dance entertainment highlight.  She illustrates her incomparable musical interpretation, which is rooted in a great understanding of Middle Eastern cultural history and dance movement, through her strong technique and isolation strength. 

Rachel’s performances are fantastically radiant, full of style and grace accompanied by her uniquely captivating personality.  Her dynamic artistry brings to the classroom and stage a rare and powerful element in emotional expression that leaves her audience thirsting for more.  And her unmatched enthusiasm for the dance, cultural history and correct training is reflected in her performance and teaching process.

One of the highest certified dancers in the world trained in the international SALIMPOUR™ formats.  She is Level 5 certified and is the Salimpour™ School licensed instructor in San Diego.

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AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS

2019

Jamila Salimpour™ Certification
Level 5

2015

Suhaila Salimpour™ Certification
Level 5

2010

Belly Dancer of the Universe
Champion

2007

Belly Dance Entertainer of the Year
Champion

2007

Belly Dancer of the Year
2nd runner up

2006

Belly Dancer USA
Champion

2006

Emerald Rain
‘Aphrodite’ Champion

2002

Double Crown
Belly Dance Champion

1999

Double Crown
Duet Champion

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Instructors and Influences

THOUGHTS ON DANCE

I believe that dance is your own expression and personal interpretation of the music. As an artist, a picture is painted of the music with movement on to the stage as the canvas. When I dance it is always an emotional experience; happy or sad. Greatly influenced by so many wonderful dancers and their personal interpretation of music I will continue to study and teach for the duration of my ability. The most important thing that we share as dancers is the love for dance. The friendships that have been created through this dance have deeply influenced my life in so many ways. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Dance should an artistic path for you as the artist, and above all you should enjoy the talent God has blessed you with. If that ever changes we do it for the wrong reasons!

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Dance is a hidden language of the soul

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