Rachel’s exposure to dance started in 2004 when she was selected to be a cheerleader on the school house team, where she served for 3 years. She started her formal training in hiphop at the age of 17 with Raffles Street Dance (Raffles Junior College), and was elected as the Vice-President from 2007-2008. Entering college, she then joined SMU Eurhythmix in 2009, where she was exposed to and trained in a wide variety of street dance styles including Hiphop, Street Jazz, Waackin’ and Reggae. She was selected to lead as the Dance Captain from 2010-2011 and since then, she has been a key student choreographer for the club, creating several pieces each year for both school and private showcases. Rachel has choreographed items of various styles for Eurhythmix’s annual productions ‘Se7en’ in 2010, as well as ‘RAW II: Homeground’ and ‘Art.is.an Attitude’ in 2011. She also plays the role of mentor to many of her juniors, choreographing for and guiding teams for competitions.
Amongst her more notable achievements as a choreographer, Rachel had the honour to be a co-choreographer for the People’s Association Youth Movement (PAYM) contingent for Chingay 2014.
Besides her active involvement in choreography, Rachel has also represented her club on several platforms in Singapore’s dance scene, including invitational performances for productions such as NTU MJ’s ‘Dancetitude’ (2011) and NUS Blast!’s ‘Shut Up And Dance’ (2010). She has much experience in dance competitions as well, having competed in events such as Super 24 and Singapore’s most prestigious dance competition, Singapore Dance Delight.
Also in Rachel’s repertoire is her list of external commercial engagements as a dancer. She has performed for several corporate events including those of SAFRA, FRANK by OCBC, HTC, Herbalife, StylexStyle. In 2012, she performed at Korean pop star PSY’s concert at Marina Bay Sands. Most recently, she was part of the team of dancers selected to represent Singapore at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar.
In October, 2012, Rachel was handpicked to be a part of G’ De Rellas (GDR) – an all girls’ crew mentored by Miss Gin Lam from O School. They competed at Singapore Dance Delight Vol.4, placing first in the preliminary round to enter the regional finals. The crew is currently training hard together, and aims to be one of the top-achieving crews in Singapore. Like-minded women who believe in making a difference, G’ De Rellas aims to inspire positive change not just in the dance scene but in the social scene as well.
Having just recently graduated from Singapore Management University with a Bachelor Degree in Business Management (Marketing Major), Rachel now works as a freelance dance instructor with JUMP Productions and Distinct Creative Arts, teaching at local primary and secondary schools. She is currently the resident instructor at Bedok Green Secondary School, Northbrooks Secondary School and Canberra Secondary School. As an instructor, she believes in being more than just a teacher to her students. She works to carve strong bonds with them and through the medium of dance, she hopes to touch many lives in her journey, and inspire her students to be bold, passionate and perservering in chasing their dreams.