Rachel is originally from Atlanta, GA, USA where she trained in ballet with The Atlanta School of Ballet. She was invited to perform in The Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet and continued her dance training in contemporary and jazz at “The Studio” in Atlanta. She received a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from Hollins University in Virginia, and also has an M. A. in Theological Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.
While finishing her theological studies she continued her dance training and commenced teaching adults and children ballet and contemporary dance at the Mirror Dance Programme in Langley, BC, Canada. After marrying her kiwi husband and moving to Auckland, New Zealand in 2010, she had three children. After taking time off dance for a few years to settle into motherhood, she joined DFLA as a student in 2017 and has loved to be part of the DFLA community ever since. She is a spiritual director and teacher, and is interested in the fascinating interplay between the human body, movement, creative expression and the human spirit. Rachel has joined our teaching staff in 2021 as a relieving teacher, and she finds great delight in helping new and returning students rediscover the joy of dance.