A native of Chicago, IL, Rafael began his choreographic journey at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, from where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Theatre and Dance in 2013. He has attended the 2012 American Dance Festival, Trisha Brown Dance Workshop, and the Garth Fagan Dance Intensive. He performed as a guest artist alongside the Garth Fagan Dance Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Rafael danced with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II under the direction of Shonna Hickman-Matlock. In 2014 Rafael relocated to St. Louis, MO to join the Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) where he performed for two years under the direction of Stacy West. Since then he has had the opportunity to teach, choreograph, and work with a number of other performance studios and dance companies in the St. Louis area such as Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, Karlovsky and Company, Patzius Performing Arts, Kirkwood Dance Center, and Michelle's School of Dance. Rafael has also had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Molissa Fenley, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, William B. McClellan, Jr., Nejla Yatkin, Ronin Koresh, Rodney A. Brown, B.B Miller, and many more.