Rachael Lieblein-Jurbala (she/her) is a New York City-based dancer and choreographer. Rachael's dances aim to bring viewers through episodic narratives from point A to point B, visually and viscerally. Her work explores themes of positionality, human inclination, and universal experience. Rachael’s choreography has been presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, WAXworks, the Tank Theater, 7 Midnights Physical Research, Uptown Rising, the Spark Theatre Festival, and the Westfest Dance Festival. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Sociology from Connecticut College.
Rachael began her dance training in her hometown of Syracuse, NY, at the Dance Arts Studio & Center for Movement Studies and at Manlius Pebble Hill School. At the New York State Summer School of the Arts under the artistic direction of Carolyn Adams and Julie Adams Strandberg, she worked with artists including Erika Pujic, Francesca Harper, Deborah Zall, Laura Bennett, and Beth Gill. During her undergraduate studies, Rachael studied Costume Design at Arts University Bournemouth in Bournemouth, England, and trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel. She has had the great privilege of performing works by David Dorfman, Heidi Henderson, Rachel Boggia, Ronald K. Brown, Roni Chadash and Ohad Naharin.
Rachael currently serves as Program Manager for the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), 92nd Street Y, New York, and sits on the board of the Sasamani Foundation - an organization dedicated to increasing access to education and employment opportunities for women and girls in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. She is a co-producer and curator of the WestFest Dance Festival.
photos by Whitney Browne