- MFA, Dance, University of Oregon, 2014
- BFA, Dance, San Diego State University, 2009
Rachel Winchester, a nationally recognized choreographer and passionate dance educator, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Pacific Lutheran University’s thriving Dance Program. Rachel is a native of San Diego, California, where she was selected as a “San Diego Emerging Artist of 2009”. Rachel moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2011, and was a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Dance Department at the University of Oregon for three years. During this time, her choreography GIRL POOL (an adaptation) received one of the highest honors in collegiate dance through selection and presentation at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as part of the 2014 American College Dance Association National Conference. Prior to her career at Pacific Lutheran, Rachel has been grateful to teach hundreds of university students at the University of Idaho, the University of Oregon, and at the annual American College Dance Association Conference. Rachel has been an International Fringe Festival artist, directing and performing in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. Her original screendance, FACEDANCE, was featured as an official selection for the 40 North Dance Film Festival. Rachel looks forward to nurturing the diverse dance interests and talents at Pacific Lutheran University, and continuing her choreographic research in the pursuit of innovative storytelling.