Roanoke, Virginia 24015
- B.F.A. in Dance, Shenandoah University
- M.F.A. in Dance, The University of Iowa
Rebekah Chappell is a teaching artist, performer, and dance maker. She received her M.F.A. in dance from The University of Iowa and B.F.A. in dance from Shenandoah University. She is pursuing her Alexander Technique Teacher Training with Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies.
Chappell is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the M.F.A. Dance Program at Hollins University. She has taught throughout The United States, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua working with universities, public and private schools, studios, and community programs. She teaches children and adults of all ages and identities. Chappell teaches ballet, modern / cotemporary, improvisation, somatic, and creative dance forms. Developmental movement and experiential anatomy are the foundation of her classes and she prioritizes holistic approaches to movement. She views the classroom as a laboratory, facilitating an environment where collective explorations are valued and multiple perspectives are honored.
Chappell has had an extensive performing career as both a solo and ensemble artist. Her choreography has been presented at festivals throughout The United States. Her dances consider the relationship between art and efficacy, examining processes that facilitate personal transformation. She investigates performances of experience, dances made in, out of, and from an event rather than about it. She coaches performers to fully commit to and internalize the issues at stake so that life, art, and the research inform and enrich each other. Her process is collaborative and she has worked with musicians, visual artists, and writers to create interdisciplinary projects.
- $150 / hour for classroom workshops
- $450 / day for residencies
- Fees are negotiable. Travel and accommodation may require additional cost.
Pre-K – 12, University, Community Programs, Studios
Educational Program Description:
Flexible, based on the interests and needs of the organization and students
Sample Program: Action Dances In this workshop, the learner will experience first-hand the creative process. Together, we will explore action verbs through an improvisational score, generating individual dance vocabulary. We will then work to expand this movement material into group projects. In this process, we will engage in creative collaboration, developing strategies for group problem solving. Lastly, we will practice viewing and responding to these group projects, considering both choreographic form and meaning.