Selected Alumni Bios

Raquel Cavalcanti

Raquel Cavalcanti is a Brazilian-born dancer, dance educator, and Alexander Technique certified teacher, based in NYC since 1995. She became a certified Alexander Technique Teacher in New York at IRDEAT in 1999 with a full scholarship from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture. She worked as an assistant teacher for the Alexander Technique at NYU (Tisch School for the Arts), Fordham University, and Sarah Lawrence College for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Raquel graduated from Steinhardt with an MA in Dance Education in 2010. Her Master's thesis “A Way of Thinking: The Implications of the Alexander Technique in Dance Teaching” received the excellence award from the dance department and has been presented in several conferences throughout the US, such as the 21st IADMS Conference (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science), The Alexander Technique AGM by the American Society of the AmSAT, National NDEO Conference - Focus on Dance Education: Creativity, Innovation, and 21st Century Skills, and the 15th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference “Education in the Global Age: Realities and Possibilities,” among others.

After leaving Steinhardt, Raquel was employed as the afterschool program coordinator at the Brooklyn Waldorf School and taught as a guest teacher at Movement Research. In the Fall of 2012, she was a visiting professor at Knox College, Illinois, where she taught two courses in contemporary dance and somatic practices. She received her full-time tenure-track position as a dance professor in the dance education department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in her home town of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in January 2013.

Among her future plans is to pursue her PhD and to grow her own organic garden.