Rachel grew up in Ottawa, Illinois, dedicating her life to her passion for dance. She began dancing at Jeannie Marie School of Dance and continued there until she attended Columbia College in Chicago. While working on her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance at Columbia, she had the wonderful opportunity to work and dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Trisha Brown, David Dorfman, Liz Lerman, and many professional dance companies from around the world. She is very excited to share all that she has learned from these accomplished artists.
Since her graduation from Columbia College, with honors, Rachel has been dancing for a Chicago based modern company called The Dance COLEctive. She has also performed with Anatomical Theatre and Breakbone Dance Company. She has also had the fun opportunity to dance for films such as Roll Bounce. She plans to continue her association with these groups of professional dancers, as she believes this affiliation will contribute to personal growth for her and her students.
While living in Chicago, Rachel enjoyed teaching dance for the Chicago Childrens Museum, The Chicago Park District, the Jewish Centers of Chicago, and for the Chicago Public School District.
She spent many summers and winter weekends with Marching Auxiliaries and Dance, which is based in Dallas, Texas. She was invited to join their staff after high school graduation. For the past ten years with M.A., she has traveled the country extensively to teach, judge, and choreograph young dancers at summer camps and at the Capitol One Citrus Bowl.
After teaching and performing for years in Chicago, taking advantage of a variety of dance classes offered there, meeting and dancing with extraordinary artists, and traveling extensively, she was ready to close her suitcase and continue her dance career in one place. After much consideration, she was drawn back to her hometown to fulfill her dream of opening her own dance studio, Adagio. Since relocating, she has been married and added a daughter, Maya, and a son, Bodie to her family. She is thrilled to be opening Adagio’s door for the 18th year.