Founder & Artistic Director

Rachel Hagan is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer originally from Louisiana. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Rachel has had the opportunity to perform works by Mark Morris, Deborah Jowitt, James Sutton, Alonzo King, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Amaury Lebrun. Prior to her time at NYU, Rachel graduated from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's High School Division. Rachel has additionally trained at programs with BalletX, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and with choreographers Amaury Lebrun and Iratxe Ansa while studying abroad in Paris, France.

Rachel's choreography has been featured in New York at Dance NOW NYC's Raw Festival, NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Judson Memorial Church, Gowanus Loft, the Center for Performance Research, Gowanus Art + Production, Ailey Citigroup, Triskelion Arts, and at Tisch's Dance's Jack Crystal Theater.

CEMA dance has toured to New Orleans, LA where the company's work, PORTRAITURE, was shown at Venusian Gardens. Rachel and company members additionally taught master classes at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts).

Rachel is excited to share CEMA dance and continue to grow as an artist alongside her collaborators.