Best Advice to Young Dancers
“ONE: Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination: It's not where you take things from, it's where you take them to. TWO: Be confident in what YOU have to offer, and do it whole-heartedly. THREE: Know no limits.”
Favorite Thing about an NYCDA Weekend?
“Meeting new dancer friends, seeing old ones grow as artists, and being inspired by them all. =)”
Rachel started dancing at age three in Pittsburgh, PA, under the direction of Abby Miller. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, acro/gymnastics, hip hop, lyrical and modern. Rachel grew up in the NYCDA Family as a Regional Outstanding Dancer many times over, and has found her way back home, traveling full-time teaching with NYCDA.Also a Certified Pilates Trainer, she is currently developing and installing cross-training movement programs for pre-professional & professional dancers, movement educators, and athletes focusing on neuromuscular development training, performance enhancement, injury prevention, and rehabilitation.
Rachel is a current member of Alison Chase/Performance (led by Alison Chase, founder of Pilobolus Dance Theater)and recently toured as a principal dancer in Rasta Thomas’ “Rock The Ballet” (European Tour). She also performed at the renowned Joyce Theatre in NYC with “Revolution” and served as the dance captain during the National Tour. Rachel also performed in “Encore” – Toyko Disney, Pretty Girls of Dance (company), Dorrell Martin’s Dance Fusion (company), SilverSea Cruises, Bryn Cohn & Co., Bad Boys of Dance and various performances with New York Theatrical Events.
Starting at a young age, Rachel began as an assistant teacher at age 13 at the studio where she trained, and continued to teach and choreograph on her own high school. As well as traveling the country teaching with NYCDA, Rachel guest teaches and choreographs at studios across the US as well as locally in New York, where she currently resides.