Rachel is passionate about promoting dance in public and private schools. Mrs. Swenson has a BFA in Modern Dance and a MEd in Education, both from the University of Utah. She is a licensed Idaho k-8 teacher. She has presented for and taught at many schools in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth in Utah and Idaho. Mrs. Swenson has presented for Idaho’s Arts Powered Schools, West Ada School District, EduFest, the Utah State Office of Education, Dance and Child International, Utah Arts Council’s Arts Networking Conferences, and the National Dance Education Organization’s conference in Washington D.C. She has performed professionally in various venues in Utah. She was a guest performer for Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. She performed for choreographer, Jim Moreno for Paradigm Dance Project, and the Proving Ground Dance Company. Mrs. Swenson was as an Art Works for Kids teaching artist for seven years and taught creative dance through the University of Utah’s Virginia Tanner Dance Arts in Education program and studio program. She taught dance and visual art at Christine Donnell School of the Arts in Boise, Idaho for five years. Mrs. Swenson is a current teaching artist for Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Utah Arts Council, and president of the Idaho Dance Education Organization (state affiliate to the National Dance Education Organization). She is also the current middle school dance specialist at Idaho Fine Arts Academy. Mrs. Swenson teaches both the art of dance and how to use dance as an integration tool.
Special Populations worked with:
K-8 students with IEP & 504 plans, refugee preschoolers and refugee parents of preschoolers, ESL students