Rachel Barker is a choreographer, educator and performer from Salt lake City, Utah. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at Brigham Young University where she teaches courses in the Contemporary area. Rachel’s choreographic work has been presented at the Seattle International Dance Festival, the North Carolina Dance Festival, the On Site/In Site Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, and at various venues in Ohio and throughout Utah. She has received funding from Brigham Young University, Durham Arts Council, UNC Charlotte, and the Ohio State University. Rachel was recently named the NC Dance Alliance Choreography Fellow where she presented her dance-theater work, Welcome (2016). She has studied with and performed the work of artists Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, Keith Johnson, Cyrus Khambatta, and Donna Uchizono, among others. She has served as faculty at UNC Charlotte, and taught at The Ohio State University, Denison University, ACDFA and other festivals, and directed a high school dance program for three years. Her current choreographic research questions and also seeks to build connections between dance and the various publics, audiences, or communities wherein it might exist, while investigating improvisation both as performance and process. This research manifests through site-specific work, re-imaginings of the traditional stage space, dance film, and exploration of vulnerability in performance. Her forthcoming article, “Educator, Artist, Researcher: A Synergistic Relationship” will be published in Dance Education in Practice. She received an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University where she was a three-year Distinguished Fellow, an MA in Teaching from Westminster College, and a BFA from the University of Utah.