Rachael began dancing at the age of 3, and her passionate for dance has continued to this day. Rachael received the majority of her dance training from the School of Alberta Ballet under the tutelage of renown teachers such as Nancy Kilgour (FISTD, Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma, Order of Canada), and Karin Avery, (former Principal Paris Opera Ballet). Upon graduating, Rachael continued to pursue her dance training at the Victoria Academy of Ballet, under the tutelage of instructors such as Bleiddyn Bellis (Fellow and Examiner CSC-CICB, Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma), successfully completing her Post-Graduate dance program and receiving her Diploma in Classical Ballet.
Rachael has successfully completed her Advanced II in the Cecchetti method of ballet, and has also had the privilege to study R.A.D. and The Vaganova methods throughout her training. She also trained extensively in many professional programs across North America including, but not limited to The Royal Winnipeg Ballet school, Joffrey Ballet School, and the National Ballet School of Canada. She has been fortunate to work with many renown choreographers such as Adam Sklute (Artistic Director, Ballet West), André Lewis (Artistic Director, Royal Winnipeg Ballet), and Jean Grand-Maître (Artistic Director, Alberta Ballet).
During her training, Rachael received the Victoria Dance Works scholarship for excellence in contemporary dance.
Professionally, Rachael as has had the privilege to dance as a Corps de Ballet member with Ballet Etoile Canada, and the Victoria Ballet Company.
She has most recently expanded her professional work to join Suzirya Dance Theatre in both classical and demi-character roles.
Rachael has experience teaching children and adults of all ages, in most styles of dance. She is passionate about balancing artistic creativity with a strong technical foundation. Rachael always carries her optimistic, and
positive personality with her both, in and out of the dance studio.
She has had the privilege to choreography for children, as well as professional dancers as a guest choreographer. Rachael’s formal dance education has helped to inform her teaching to include dance history
and choreographic studies, giving students a well rounded dance education in the classroom setting, and work she creates for stage and competition.
Rachael is a creative and artistic individual. When she is not dancing, you can usually find Rachael expressing her passion for water colour painting, or designing and sewing costumes. Rachael loves to find ways to channel
this artistic creativity to inspire her dancing, and choreography.