Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Rachel grew up in the studio. She trained with Barry Thomas and J Patrick McCann at Atlanta Dance Works, then studied under Maria D’Antonio at Brookwood High School. She attended the College of Charleston where she received a BA in religious studies and a minor in dance. She had many training and performance opportunities around the country during her time at BHS and CofC. After college, she taught for Once Upon a Ballet in Charleston, SC, and wrote a children's book about the history of ballet (Ballerinas Abroad!). She is thrilled to share her love of dance with her students! Rachel and husband, Steven, have three daughters: Millie, Mollie, and Marlee. Rachel loves giraffes, the color teal, and all things chocolate--except coffee.
She hates coffee. Even if it has chocolate in it. (Yes, seriously!)
About Our Studio
At Arts in Motion, we work to develop, inspire and cultivate the individual talents of your child in a loving and nurturing environment. It is our mission to offer quality and comprehensive dance education through age appropriate classes, always encouraging and nurturing creative minds in all aspects of the arts!
We believe in…
Progress over Perfection
We believe we are all a work in progress no matter our age—we are never finished learning! We do not ask for perfection, but believe in determination, consistency, and passion.
Tendu-to stretch. We believe that, in order to keep progressing, you must continue to stretch yourself—physically and mentally.
Collaboration over Competition
In a world filled with competition, we believe in providing space for our students to come together to create. Not for a medal or trophy, but for the joy of creating something new!
Assemblé: to assemble, or join together. Learning to work together is a valuable life skill we instill in our dancers.
We believe in building our students’ strength and confidence, not just in the studio, but in life.
Relevé-raised, to rise up. We believe in lifting each other up through positive reinforcement and a nurturing learning environment.
We believe leadership trickles down. That’s why our teachers dress for their role as teacher: to set the example and tone of each class. Our older students serve as mentors for our younger students. As a studio, we strive to do good in our community. We will engage in community service projects as a dance family.
En Dedans/En Dehors: Inward/Outward. We want our dancers to be inwardly strong (confident and positive self-image), and outwardly focused (seeking to leave the world a better place each and every day).
Sometimes we don’t realize what we are capable of until someone else helps us see our own potential. We strive to continually improve as a studio and dance educators, encouraging and inspiring our young artists to never give up on themselves or their dreams.
Chassé: to chase. We believe in chasing dreams and working hard to catch them!
Dance is full of technique and artistry.
It also has significant influence in a dancer’s life, physically, emotionally, and intellectually. It reinforces concepts such as discipline and respect. Our students not only receive technical training, as they progress they will also learn dance history, vocabulary, and anatomy of a dancer as a way to help them better understand their technical training.
Entrechat-interweaving or braided. We believe dance is more than just a once a week activity, but can have significant influence on a child’s life. We also take our role as teacher very seriously, recognizing the influence we can have.