Rachael McLaren

RACHAEL McLAREN (Winnipeg, Manitoba) began her dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and continued at the Ailey School in New York under the direction of Denise Jefferson. She has been a guest artist with Armitage Gone! Dance and the Francesca Harper Project. Ms. McLaren was most recently a guest artist with Royal Ballet of London for Wayne McGregor’s tenth anniversary season in a production of Chroma. Her theater credits include ensemble/understudy for the role of Ali in the Toronto production of Mamma Mia! (Royal Alexandra Theater/Mirvish Productions). Ms. McLaren was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2008. She is currently on maternity leave, having recently given birth to her daughter, affectionately known by the Company as “sweet pea.”

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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.