Rachel has been a dance educator since 2009. Her training in teaching movement and dance has equipped her to provide a safe and supportive environment so that your children can grow as dancers, learn to solve problems, work collaboratively and express themselves creatively.
A former figure skater, Rachel began taking ballet classes as cross-training and later decided to pursue dance after her high school instructors taught her how to use dance as a ministry. Since then, she has studied a variety of dance forms with modern being her specialty and has graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts-Dance Emphasis & Liberal Studies. She is an avid researcher of dance education and had the privilege of being one of twelve individuals chosen to attend Luna Dance Institute’s Summer Dance Intensive in 2013 designed to provide professional development to classroom teachers and dance teaching artists.
Additionally, Rachel enjoys making dance accessible to children and adults of varying abilities. She contributes much of her understanding for working with these students to her previous experiences nannying for a family with a non-verbal child on the autism spectrum, designing and implementing dance classes for individuals at the Morgan Autism Center, teaching classes through Changeling Dance Theatre and through volunteering with Angels On Stage.
She is a compassionate, intuitive and reflexive teacher who enjoys learning about her students and their families to best meet their individual needs. She often uses a creative dance approach-teaching through big ideas-such as time, space, and energy-and helping students to see how dance relates to the world around them. She is a strong proponent of the Brain Dance, developed by Anne Green Gilbert, which is based upon the eight fundamental movement patterns of early human development, and she often incorporates the use of singing and storytelling to create a multi-arts method to dance.
Currently, she teaches elementary school and is clearing her multiple subject teaching credential through an accredited university.