• photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

  • photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

Rachel Molinaro

Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in 2013. She has been a company dancer with Striding Lion Performance Group since 2013 under the direction of Amanda Lower. Administratively, Rachel acts as the Production Associate for the acclaimed contemporary ensemble Hedwig Dances in Chicago developing the company’s fundraising, marketing, booking, and organizational structure. Rachel also works as a dance instructor at Music House Academy of Music and Dance in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago and is the studio manager and dance instructor at Joanna Rosenthal’s (of Same Planet Different World) new Dovetail Studios.

Besides performance, Rachel has a passion for dance archival work. She has trained extensively in the art of sustaining important dance materials and history with the intimate support from The Newberry Library. She works with the Pierce Foundation to bring her knowledge of archives to dance companies around Chicago in order to preserve the integrity of these organizations for future generations.

My favorite dancing movie is:   Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Russ Tamblyn is an incredible mover that you can’t take your eyes off of.

My favorite non-dancing movie is:    Clueless  – I literally watch this at least 4 times a year

When I’m not dancing I like to:    Explore the library!

Favorite food:    Specifically, as odd as it is, its Panera Bread’s Strawberry Poppyseed Salad. I get extremely excited when it comes back every summer.

Something you might not know about me:   Throughout my childhood and my teen years, I was very set on becoming a Paleontologist since dinosaurs were my favorite animals. That all changed when I saw a documentary about Paleontologists and learned that most of their work is identifying rocks. Literally hours of digging and trying to figure out if a rock is a chunk of bone or just a rock. That didn’t work out, but I still get excited every time I see the dinosaur exhibit at the Field Museum!