Rebekah Chappell

Rebekah Chappell

I am a teaching artist, performer, and dance maker. I am honored to be a Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the M.F.A. program in dance at Hollins University. I approach the classroom as a laboratory, a space to play, investigate, and conduct embodied research. I give my students the freedom to explore how movement manifests in their own bodies, encouraging them to follow their curiosities and impulses within the framework of the class. I share my own understanding and approach to movement as one of many possibilities, facilitating an environment where collective research is valued and multiple perspectives are honored.

Areas of Expertise

  • Somatics
  • Improvisation

Courses Taught

  • DANC 130: Performance Ensemble
  • DANC 225: Movement Studio II
  • DANC 240: Imaginative Thinking, Moving, and Crafting I
  • DANC 260: Performance Workshop
  • DANC 325: Movement Studio III
  • DANC 350: Special Topics
  • DANC 470: Advanced Senior Seminar


  • M.F.A., The University of Iowa
  • B.F.A., Shenandoah University

Publications & Articles

  • Presented solo choreography: Rising Tide at The Body Mind Centering Conference at Texas State University (2017) and in Washington D.C. at Transformations, a modern dance concert (2017)
  • Presented solo choreography: Stand in the Valley at The Charlotte Dance Festival (2017) and The Somatics Dance Conference at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2018)
  • Presented solo choreography: Nowhere to Go at the Faculty Concert at The Mid-Atlantic North American College Dance Association Conference at The University of Maryland, College Park (2017) and in Philadelphia at InHale / ExHale Performance Series (2017)
  • Presented duet choreography: contained. fluid. landscapes. (episodes) in Washington D.C. at DAnCEacostia! Festival (2017)


  • I have taught throughout rhe United States, working with universities, public and private schools, studios, and community programs. Highlights include teaching as a guest artist at Old Dominion University and Rice University, serving as adjunct faculty at San Jacinto College South, and facilitating movement classes with young adults at Instituto sobre Alcoholismo y Farmacodependencia in Costa Rica.
  • My choreography has been presented in Houston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Iowa City, Roanoke, Charlotte, San Marcos, Geneva (NY), and San Jose (Costa Rica). My dance making considers the relationship between art and efficacy, examining processes that facilitate personal transformation. I investigate performances of experience, dances made in, out of, and from an event rather than about it. To learn more about my creative research, please visit