December 22, 2011
Atlanta Ballet's very own Rachel Van Buskirk not only has been selected as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," but she is also the cover girl for the magazine's January edition! Pick up your copy in newsstands now! Read the full press release here.
Rachel Van Buskirk (fifth season), a native of Vancouver, trained with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts. With Atlanta Ballet, Rachel has performed in Dracula, Madame Butterfly, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Great Gatsby, and big, and has been featured in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. Last season, Rachel danced the roles of Mome Fromage and La Goulue in Jorden Morris' Moulin Rouge-The Ballet, Princess Florine in John McFall's The Sleeping Beauty and Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. She was also involved with the creation of three premieres by Bennyroyce Royon, Gina Patterson and Amy Seiwert. Rachel has also performed works by Twyla Tharp, James Kudelka, Helen Pickett, George Balanchine, Lauri Stallings, Val Caniparoli, Victor Quijada and Lila York. A recent highlight for her was working with local choreographer Juel Lane for Wabi Sabi. Outside of dance, Rachel enjoys reading and crafting. She sends her love to her family and thanks them for being awesome. Sponsored by Dottie Smith and Merry Carlos.