Rachel Perica was born in Perth Western Australia. After completing a Certificate II in dance at WAPPA she was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) where she successfully completed a Bachelor of Dance. During this time Rachel gained extensive training in both Ballet and Contemporary and worked with renowned choreographers including; Sue Healey, Stephanie Lake, Philip Adams, Carlee Mellow, Rebecca Hilton, Don Aska and Dianne Reid. In 2009 she performed in Dance House’s ‘Open Season’ program in ‘Without Pretense’, and in 2007, performed in ‘Leaving the Left’ as part of John Cage’s Musicircs in the Melbourne International Arts Festival. During 2007 Rachel was also represented by a NSW based dance agency where she gained commercial and corporate performance jobs.
In 2010 Rachel completed further studies at WAAPA, graduating with Honors in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in dance. The degree was associated with LINK Dance Company. As a company member of LINK Rachel was apart of the creation of six brand new contemporary works. National Choreographers included; Michael Whaites, Antony Hamilton, Deborah Robertson, Cass Mortimer Eipper and International Choreographers Fabien Prioville (Pina Bausch and Lalala Human Steps) and Directors Joseba Lazkano Lizundia and Fernando G Montoya (The Bai Theatre School in Bilbao, Spain).
These works were toured both nationally and internationally; as apart of LINK’s European tour in the ACT Festival, and ReACT Festival in Spain and also featuring at the World Dance Alliance conference in New York. Whilst on tour, Rachel took company classes in London, attended summer intensive workshops with Dance New Amsterdam and Peri Dance in New York.
During her time as a 2010 LINK dance company member, Rachel wrote her Honors thesis entitled “The Dancing Imagination” which has been published for the Edith Cowan Library. Currently Rachel is undergoing a Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork Instruction at the Pilates Fitness Institute of WA.