Rachael Poirier has more than 27 years of experience as a choreographer and dance instructor. She has trained throughout North America in cities including Vancouver, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles. Her dances have captivated audiences across Canada, the United States, and as far away as Japan, China, Bulgaria, Greece and Sweden. Her dances have won numerous awards for their innovative style and consistent originality. She has choreographed for many industrial shows such as the opening acts for the B.C. Country Music Awards, Michael Bublé, and the world-renowned magician, Juliana Chen.
Rachael founded Danzmode Productions in 1994, which quickly established itself as one of Vancouver’s elite dance institutions. Many students from Danzmode Productions have had a dominant presence at local and international competitions and shows. Many of the dancers moved on to professional dance careers in world tours and music videos with artists such as Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Beyoncé, Pharrell, Prince, Mia Michaels, and Jennifer Lopez. Several of her students have been seen in the Top 40 for So You Think You Can Dance, the Emmy Awards, The Grammy Awards, and the Super Bowl. Others have moved on to dance for prestigious academies and companies including the San Francisco Ballet, the Washington D.C. Ballet Company, Alvin Ailey and the National Ballet of Canada. Numerous dancers of Rachael’s represented with her choreography and have gone on to compete and win the B.C. Provincials in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Musical Theatre categories. In 2004, her innovative choreography for Alex Wong’s “Capture of the Tiger” solo became the first Canadian winner at the Prix De Lausanne in Switzerland. This piece has also been performed with A.B.T. Studio Theatre N.Y. in 2005, the Miami City Ballet Company in 2006, and has most recently been seen during Vegas week on “So You Think You Can Dance” where Alex Wong was a finalist. Her inventive work for Fei Fei Ye’s Contemporary piece “Innocence” was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Varna Competition, in Russia. She has been awarded several Choreography Awards at Youth American Grand Prix for Melissa Ong’s performance of “Attitude with Strings” in Carolina in 2007, Alyssa Steven’s performance of “Womb” in Los Angeles in 2007, and in San Francisco in 2009.
Her students have won runner-ups several times at the New York City Dance Alliance National Finale. In 2006, Kirsten Wicklund won the National Teen Outstanding Dancer title at NYCDA, and in 2009, Bynh Ho was awarded second runner-up National Senior Outstanding Dancer at NYCDA. In 2008, Miguel Nguyen and Rina Watanabe won the Gold Medal at the World Championships in Norway for modern dance. One of her most successful commercial dancers, Stephanie Moseley, was known for her works in TV series Hellcats and Hit the Floor. Rachael has choreographed routines and demo reels for university applications where dancers have been accepted in to institutions such as Point Park University, Juilliard, and Alvin Ailey. She has also choreographed demo reels for private auditions with the Netherlands Contemporary Ballet Company. In 2017 Rachael parted ways with Danzmode Productions and at the insistence of her companies she started Poirier Productions. Inspired by the loyalty of her students she is excited to be continuing her legacy under a new name.