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Rachel Elyse

Rachel is a born and raised Austinite happy to finally be back home. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Journalism from the University of Texas. While in school, she performed with Austin Classical Ballet’s professional company and wrote and edited for The Daily Texan. After graduation, Rachel attended the LINES Ballet Training Program in San Francisco on scholarship. There, she had the privilege of working with such choreographers as Alonzo King, Gregory Dawson, Amanda Miller and Maurya Kerr. During her two years at LINES, she studied anatomy and physiology through many disciplines, including Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic, yoga, Pilates and Alexander Technique. Since completing her traineeship, Rachel has performed with Dawson Wallace Dance Project in Denver and Contemporary Ballet Dallas. Rachel currently performs with Avant Chamber Ballet and other projects as a freelance dancer.

During her time at UT, Rachel began practicing yoga to support the flexibility and strength required for ballet. In addition to teaching at Dancers Shape, Rachel teaches ballet, choreographs and conducts workshops teaching high school students how to write about dance and performance. Eager to discover new ways to supplement her dancing and overall health, she has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to fitness and is excited to have completed the Dancers Shape training program and share and grow as a member of the Dancers Shape team.