Rachael McLaren

RACHAEL MCLAREN (Manitoba, Canada) began her formal dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. After graduating high school, she joined the Toronto cast of Mamma Mia! Ms. McLaren moved to New York to study at The Ailey School as a scholarship student and later joined Ailey II. She has performed works by Karole Armitage, Dwight Rhoden, Francesca Harper, and Nilas Martins. Ms. McLaren joined the Company in 2008. 

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Dance Magazine - Why I Dance By Rachael McLaren

When I'm dancing, I feel so alive, like every single part of me that makes me who I am is participating in moving my body. When I was little, I wouldn't stop dancing if I could help it. One of my favorite things to do was to pretend to be like Gene Kelly in the backyard on my parents' deck.

Miami Herald - An Iconic Black Troupe Keeps Wrestling With Race

Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was prepping for an interview a few years ago and figured that, as head of a storied African-American troupe, he'd be asked yet again about black dance. So he called longtime mentor Carolyn Adams, one of modern dance's few black performers during her time with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.