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…
We believe we are all a work in progress no matter our age—we are never finished learning! We do not expect 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.
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 begins with our teachers and continues through our students who serve as mentors for our younger students. Together as a dance family, we engage in service projects to support our community.
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).
We believe in continually striving to improve--as a studio, as dance educators, and as artists--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!
We believe dance can have significant influence on a child’s life—physically, mentally, and emotionally. We take our role as teacher very seriously, recognizing the impact we can have.
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.