Rebecca Arends earned a B.A. in History and Afro American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a Powers-Knapp Scholar. Following graduation, Rebecca attended The Ailey School under the direction of Denise Jefferson and was awarded the Oprah Winfrey Foundation Fellowship.
Ms. Arends has been a member of the Seán Curran Company for nine seasons. Chosen to perform and teach throughout Central Asia as cultural ambassadors of the U.S. State Department, the Company toured Turkmenistan, Kazahkstan and Kyrgyzstan through DanceMotion USA (produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music). The following year, SCCo embarked upon a U.S. tour of Travel Songs, a collaborative project with British a cappella, Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble, The King's Singers. Ms. Arends has helped set Seán Curran repertory on Darrah Carr Dance, the BFA programs at The Ailey School/Fordham University, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Coker College (Hartsville, SC). Ms. Arends also been Mr. Curran's assistant on various projects spanning opera, a cappella and concert dance commissions including a commission for the José Limón Dance Company, Nocturnes for Ancestors. Rebecca was a dancer in the original cast of Champion (Opera Theatre of St. Louis), portrayed Anybodys in El Paso Opera's production of West Side Story and was an interpreter in Tino Sehgal's Kiss Exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Rebecca has also danced with Ana Isabel Keilson Company and Rosario—performing in experimental dance venues such as Judson Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Joe's Pub, P.S. 122, 92nd Street Y and Roulette. She is also a guest artist with Trainor Dance (Jacob's Pillow and The Yard).
Rebecca has been a guest teacher at California Ballet Opera (Palm Desert, CA), Academy of Ballet Arts (Temecula, CA) and A Step Above Dance & Music Academy (Monona, WI). During the 2015-2016 school year, she was a teaching artist with Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center at P.S. 250 and on the Modern Dance Faculty at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City. She is the resident contemporary and jazz instructor for SPARKS dance company at the University of Pennsylvania, and teaches Jazz and Modern Dance Performance courses at Drexel University.
Ms. Arends is the founder of RAredancework, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the performing arts, and her choreography has been presented at Dixon Place and Green Space in New York City and Constellation-Chicago. She is also a longstanding member of SAG-AFTRA and continues to work in film and television. She served as Dance Captain in Washington National Opera's 2017 production of Terence Blanchard's Champion at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Rebecca is also the director, choreographer and co-creator of The Unwritten Law with collaborator and Drama Desk Award winner, Chesney Snow, which Broadway World hailed as "65 minutes of the most powerful theater I've ever witnessed."