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Meet Rachael Hall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachael Hall.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey with dance roots back to my childhood where I dedicated hours to dance because of my extreme passion and feeling of individualism I received from it. When I was 13, I was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet in New York City and this was where I realized my passion for dance became my purpose. I then began competing in dance as well as was on my high school dance team. It was a like full-time job in high school. Right, when school ended I would practice with my high school team from 1:30- 6 p.m. and then head straight to competition team practice which would usually end around 10 p.m.

Coming out of high school, I felt a lot of societal pressure to go to college and follow a traditional education process. I applied to my dream school: California Polytechnic State University. I was accepted and followed in my Mother’s, Aunt’s, and Grandmothers footsteps by applying under the Liberal Studies (teaching) major.

Fast forward three months into college, I was unhappy with my classes, I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher, and I was frustrated and ultimately confused with what I wanted to do. I knew I had to make a big transition. I started thinking about my passions. One question I asked myself when I was contemplating what I wanted to do was “when was the last time you felt most excited?” That is when I had a flashback to my senior year of high school. I was standing in my gymnasium about to dance in front of 600+ of my peers. Dance. I realized dance is what makes me feel most alive. I decided I needed to give myself permission to make a big transition.

Fast forward two months, I became a dance instructor at Cal Poly Recreation Center and added a minor in dance. That year I got a glimpse of my true potential and my passion was reborn. This passion for dance blossomed and I realized I needed to pursue it and be fearless.

I had plans to study abroad in Prague the following fall quarter with my best girlfriends. Instead, I made a pivotal decision that transformed my own life.

I decided to be fearless in the pursuit of my dream moved to Los Angeles. If you told me two years ago I would be doing this I wouldn’t believe you. This is completely out of the plan my family and I had set out for myself. But following the plan we had in mind I realized was comfortable. It was easy because I knew exactly what to do and what is expected of me. That is not what life is about. I realized following in other’s footsteps and not using my gifts to pursue what I wanted could ultimately stunt my growth tremendously. I could not stand the thought of that.

The decision I made felt incredibly uncomfortable, scary and even impossible at times. However, I knew I was making the right one. The reason I knew it was right is because I invited God into this decision and asked for his will and his way. I surrender my life to him to use me to pursue whatever purpose he has in plan for me and he answered this prayer by providing clarity in my heart that this was the right decision.

Has it been a smooth road?
Moving to Los Angeles was the most exciting yet scariest decision I have ever made. It has been the most amazing journey of my life with endless opportunity. Yet to say that it has been a smooth road with no struggles would be a lie.

Like I said before, my family is very traditional as far as schooling and education goes so the dance industry and a creative career has been something that has been a work in progress to get them on board with and to understand. Nevertheless, they completely support me and want to see me reach my goals and dreams which I have appreciated so much.

The week I told my parents I had decided I was going to move to LA to pursue this new career path and was still trying to get them on board with it I got into two car accidents. MIND YOU- THIS WAS IN THE SAME WEEK. Both were in classic LA stop and go traffic at 5 p.m. (At least one was not my fault – Phew) Yet having to make that call to my parents after they were already uneasy with me making this decision didn’t make it very much easier. However, I made it through that and learned a lot about cars, insurance, policies, and people through it. Honestly looking back, I think it was just a lesson I needed to learn about growing up and was kind of a test in a way to see if I really wanted to follow through with what I was getting myself into. I would be facing the real world with real problems on my own now.

Nevertheless, I devoted my whole soul to dance. I invested almost every cent I got into classes to advance my craft. I think some struggles along the way would be opportunities or jobs falling through or not working out. I remember the first job I got asked to do I was so overly attached to. I was on cloud nine because I couldn’t believe I booked my first dance job in LA. However, that performance didn’t end up happening and I was crushed. However, what has been amazing is going into LA with a strong faith. I saw this struggle and trial as another lesson God was teaching me to not be attached to any job, project, person, place or company. From then on, I have only attached myself to my purpose and mission and this is how I have kept my power and peace. Also, just being driven my faith and hope. I am grateful for the struggles that come with life because I have realized they can be life’s greatest blessings. It teaches you grace, sensitivity, strength, and endurance. It builds character. It allows you to become a more powerful, wholesome, and beautiful individual.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I moved to Los Angeles to pursue professional dancing and that is something that I am most focused on right now but I have many other things I am passionate about as well.

I am also a Group Fitness and Yoga Instructor. Teaching brings me such great joy. What is amazing about these classes is it forces me to keep working towards becoming a better version of myself. I get to pursue a passion of mine while impacting others and benefiting their life through a shared experience of fitness.

My greatest wish is to do that through dancing as well. What is so beautiful about dance and art in general is you take from it what makes sense to you. Dance gives me freedom to seek rawness and soul in my movement and I hope to portray that and connect to others through it. I like to authentically express and tell my own story through dance but I hope anyone watching can connect in some way to their own story.

I love so many different genres of dance but one that I connect to and specialize in is heels dancing. There is something just about that shoe that makes me feel a certain way. I want to inspire other girls and women around the world to be more CONFIDENT, COMMITTED, and CONSISTENT in everything they do. When I put on a heel and dance, I feel like these three C’s radiate off of me. Heels dancing empowers me to be all that I am. Fiercely and authentically myself. It feels so liberating to be confident and unapologetic for embracing your own femininity. I can’t think of a better representation of beauty then embracing all that you are.

Right now, I am focused on manifesting my own lane in the LA dance industry by being devoted and working on my craft every single day.

To keep my spirit strong, I just think of myself as my only competition. Constantly trying to outdo my past, not other people. In an ever-changing environment, I think just staying true to myself has kept me going as well. What has brought me peace is letting God work in and through me. He knows exactly where he wants me. What is for me will always be. I have realized ever since I let faith be the driving force in my life, I have been overwhelmed with peace rather than being tormented by fear.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
It’s hard to say where I see my industry going over the next 5-10 years since I just came into the industry. However, with the rise of social media and how much it has made an impact on creator’s lives, I honestly think it might take over. I am not currently represented by an agency, yet I have used my social media to my advantage by marketing my own self and using the business tools on these platforms to do so. When I first came to Los Angeles, all I could think about was finding the right agent because I thought that is how you make it.

Since then, I have realized you first have to be your own agent and take authority over your life and career. You can really create the life you want to live, you just have to take a few risks and truly believe in yourself to do it.

Contact Info:

  • Email: rachannhall@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @rachaelannhall

Image Credit:
Chehon Wespi Tschopp, Eleanor Lee, Ruby Modine, Aaron Gallagher

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