faculty

RACHEL GAYLE TAN

Rachel began dancing at the age of 3. She danced and trained competitively in Jazz, Lyrical and Tap starting from the age of 13 and trained intensively in Contemporary in her school’s International Dance Club where she later became the club’s President. She later went on to become an apprentice in a contemporary company, The Royal Dance Off.

Upon moving to Canada, she started to train at DanceForce and assisted Jazz Technique classes while pursuing her passion for choreography on the side. In 2019, she participated in West Coast Choreo Lab’s Young Choreographers Showcase directed by Danielle Gardner and in 2020, performed at Vancity Project 24. She has received multiple scholarships such as the “Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical” and “Hip Hop” class scholarships at JUMP Dance Convention and has received invitations to Stacey Tookey’s “The Protege Movement” events. She most recently received an invitation to be an apprentice/assistant on Liberate Artists, a dance convention which hosts intensives across the United States.

She is currently pursuing a major in Behavioural Neuroscience and a minor in Counselling and Human Development at Simon Fraser University while being a part of the SFU Athletics Dance Team as the team trainer. Rachel has a huge passion for dance and aims to recognise and pull out the potential in any child she meets and teaches while developing their artistry and technique. She is excited to share her knowledge with her students and inspire this upcoming generation of dancers.