Creator of RealThentic, Rachel Savage, discovered her passion for hip hop dance at the age of 15. There were no opportunities for hip hop instruction where she grew up in Bremerton, Washington so she taught herself bgirling (also known as breakdancing) by reading online written tutorials and watching the few breakin videos she could find (before youtube era). She diligently practiced by herself in a small apartment for three years. After moving to Utah at age 18, however, she was able to expand her knowledge of dance by getting to practice with other dancers and learn other styles of hip hop like popping. She joined a Bboy/Bgirl crew called the “Blowup Kingz” and started competing in battles and doing performances with them. It was her teenage dream come true to be a part of a talented dance crew.
At age 19 Rachel started a break club at the college she was attending, the University of Utah, and began teaching any students that wanted to learn. She also began organizing performances at school functions and charity events. At age 21 she started teaching a hip hop class under the fitness department at the University of Utah and built a hip hop program there that didn't exist before. Students can earn 2 college credits for her semester long hip hop class.
Over the years of attending college Rachel expanded the Break Club with school funding and created a dance competition called "U Got Skooled" and hosted workshops from professional out-of-state dancers, all the while organizing free weekly practices for college students. Her commitment to sharing her passion with the University contributed to a sizable scholarship award her senior year as well as an internship offer.
After graduating from the University of Utah in 2012 with two degrees in Finance and Psychology, Rachel had a difficult decision to make. Accept a lucrative investment banking career or follow her dreams of a dance career. Ultimately she decided to go with her passion and started a dance/fitness contracting business called Savage Hip Hop, LLC.
Rachel began working out teaching contracts with the YMCA, After School programs, summer camps and the Salt Lake Housing Authority; this led to 20 different schools providing hip hop dance. Rachel finds teaching the most rewarding factor about being involved in the hip hop culture as she’s providing a service she wishes would have been available to her. The heart of her business is to provide dance instruction to underserved demographics. Her proudest accomplishment in her dance career is the implementation of a hip hop program in two youth rehab centers where the true healing effects of hip hop dance and culture can be seen so powerfully.
This passion for positively impacting the youth led Rachel to meet hip hop pioneer and bboy legend “Lil Cesar” who started the world’s first Hip Hop school of Arts in Pomona, a unique technical/trade program to transform each student's creative energy into marketable skills through education, guidance, and self-expression. Rachel was asked by Cesar to join the well respected LA based "Airforce Crew" he founded in 1984, at this point in her career she felt like she had accomplished most of her dancing dreams that had infused her teenage years with excitement and hope. Rachel was proud to be invited into a crew with such a rich and innovative history, and just as proud of her local Blowup Kingz crew. She began taking regular trips out to California to volunteer with the Hip Hop School of Arts and grow with her crew. Rachel is all about using hip hop uplifting communities so she loves helping with projects that have this mission. With great zeal she will continue to spread the hip hop love. Peace, love, unity, and having fun.