Rachel Van Buskirk

Hails From:

Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada

Training:

Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 Certification, Pacific DanceArts with Li YaMing

Professionally Rachel performed with Atlanta Ballet for 13 years and has been commissioned as a guest artist with various other companies. Professional highlights include North American premieres of David Bintley’s Carmina Burana as the principal lead Fortuna, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine, Twyla Tharp's Princess and The Goblin, and the world premiere of Lauri Stallings’s big with Big Boi from Outkast. Other works that were career highlights include George Balanchine's Serenade, Ohad Naharin’s Secus, Alexei Ratmanksy’s Seven Sonatas, Alex Eckman’s Cacti, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Helen Pickett's Petal, and Twyla Tharp's In The Upper Room.

Rachel was nominated and the cover girl for Dance Magazine's 2012’s “25 to Watch,” named a “30 Under 30” by ArtsATL, and was a recipient of a Non-profit Leadership Award by Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Since 2017, she has been a proud co-founder and operator of Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre (TMBT). At TMBT, Rachel was involved in creating eleven world premieres, including Next Door by Danielle Agami, Ana Maria Lucaciu's Long Ago and Only Once, and the Atlanta premiere of Translation by Troy Schumacher. In addition to her dance career, Rachel is also a passionate dance educator and mentor who has taught at schools across the country and is currently pursuing a Business Degree in Managerial Sciences at Georgia State University.

Favorite Roles:

"Lucy" in Micheal Pink’s Dracula, "Autumn" in James Kudelka's Four Seasons, the duet in Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, and the daughter in Heath Gill's Lore.