Rachel Harris (she/hers)
Advisory Council Member
Parsons Dance, University of Southern California
Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
Rachel Harris started dancing at Dance Productions, a studio under the instruction of Denise Britzclarke-Clarke in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance where she received her BFA with an architecture concentration in 2020. While in school, she also trained at Jacob’s Pillow, Abraham.In.Motion, and Ailey School summer intensives, performed at Summerstage NYC 2019, and was featured in a music video by popular artist Brandy. Upon graduation, Harris joined Zeitgeist Dance Theatre as an inaugural company member. She later joined Parsons Dance in July 2020, where she is in her third season as a dancer and previously worked for two seasons as Diversity Liaison and Director of Education and Apprenticeship.
Harris has been named Howard University’s 2021 Spring Emerging Choreographer to Watch, Inaugural Gibney Dance Converge2Emerge Film Grant Recipient in 2021, Internationship Choreography Online Scholarship Award Recipient, and 2022 Finalist for New Century Dance Project Professional / Emerging Choreographer Finalist. She was assistant choreographer for About Sprouts - an immersive experience performed by the students of Ballet Tech NYC Public School at the Battery, a playground on the southern tip of Manhattan. She has also choreographed popular artist Alicia’s Walters’ music video “Standing at Your Doorstep” and created numerous films of her own: Hand of God, Solo One, and many others. Harris taught master classes and set award-winning choreography for the Kennedy Center, MoveNYC, Windward School, and several competition studios across the country.
She is one of two dancing “Harris Sisters” who together co-founded Make Space, a program started with that provides opportunities to mentor and engage young Black artists. She works to maintain her performance and choreographic versatility while integrating environmentally-friendly technology into her practice.