Born and raised in the Bay Area, Rachel Murata started dancing at a young age beginning with ballet in preschool, and then training in hula for seven years. In high school, she quickly fell in love with other dances through her exposure to jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and musical theater. Her career in dance was accompanied by print modeling, commercials, and acting for major television networks such as ABC. She continues her pursuit of dance education as a senior at Loyola Marymount University where she has studied under Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo (Bill T. Jones), Lillian Barbeito (BODYTRAFFIC), Kate Hutter Mason (L.A. Contemporary Dance Company), and James Gregg (Wewolf). During her time at Loyola Marymount University, Rachel has performed in many dance works including “Joy” by Evan Marsh, “The Lost Voice” by Teresa Heiland, and “The Look” by Rosero McCoy at the Strub Theater. In addition, she has done site-specific work including “Animated Spaces” and “wind in bodies in breath” by Kristin Smiarowski. Rachel’s is committed to fostering a career that integrates her business minor, body awareness/wellness, and her pure enjoyment for movement.