Hailing from San Diego by way of NYC, Rachel brings an exceptional array of experience in the Pilates, dance, and professional fitness fields. She first discovered the Pilates method in 2006 as support to her dancing during her undergraduate career; she continued to complete her nine month, 500 hour, intensive teaching certification in the classic Pilates method with an emphasis on the Ron Fletcher work from Studio du Corps in Costa Mesa, California under the direction of Master Teacher, PMA and Pilates Anytime Instructor, Diane Diefenderfer.
Throughout her east coast tenure, Rachel continued to teach Pilates and grow her private client business amongst several luxury clubs including Fuse Pilates, The Sports Club LA, Reebok Sports Club, Equinox, Mercedes Club, and pop-up classes for Lululemon while balancing her contracts performing with The Metropolitan Opera, Broadway touring productions, TV castings, regional productions and several concerts in NYC.
Rachel holds a BFA in Dance Performance with minors in English and Biology from the University of California, Irvine. Her strong dance background paired with her classical training with over ten years of teaching experience allows her to focus on muscle lengthening, flexibility, stabilizing mechanisms and core strength. Most recently, Rachel completed her MELT Method certification and is overjoyed to bring this brilliant recovery method to Vegas. She holds additional certifications in pre and post-natal Pilates, Lagree Fitness/Megaformer, Barre, and serves as a brand ambassador for CARBON Team38 and FRÉ skincare.
Rachel currently teaches at CORE, The Spa at Green Valley Ranch, The Spa at Red Rock Resort, Life Time Athletic in Henderson & Summerlin, NV. Rachel is a Broadway Faculty member with Theater Arts Preparatory School (TAPS) in Las Vegas. When she's not performing or in a class, you can find Rachel enjoying a delicious home cooked meal with her husband, Doug, and traveling whenever possible. She takes on life with grace and strength - the same qualities you will find in her classes.
“Let’s create a healthy, active, pain-free life you love!” - Rachel
Rachel grew up in Escondido, CA where she trained extensively at Best Foot Forward Dance Studio, Touch of Class, and New West Ballet School. She competed nationally and performed in local musicals through high school. Rachel attended summer intensives at California Ballet and Ballet Pacifica, where she performed solo excerpts from Coppelia, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty. After graduating from the University of California at Irvine with a BFA in Dance Performance and minors in English and Biology, Rachel moved to DC to work for Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. While serving as the Communications Specialist for Dance/USA, Rachel worked with acclaimed photographer Jordan Matter on several Dancers Among Us photoshoots. Once the book made the NY Times best seller list, Rachel moved to NYC to pursue a performing career.
After dancing at sea for six months on Holland America’s m/s Westerdam, Rachel worked as a featured principle dancer on the STARZ miniseries FLESH AND BONE created by Moira Walley-Beckett. Rachel was honored to join the original cast of acclaimed Broadway director/choreographer Susan Stroman’s production of THE MERRY WIDOW, which marked her Metropolitan Opera debut. She continued to perform at the John W. Engeman Theater’s production of A CHORUS LINE. Rachel completed a year on the road with the national tour of DIRTY DANCING as Vivian Pressman. During the spring of 2017 she returned to DIRTY DANCING to take over the role of Marjorie Houseman. Most recently Rachel spent two months in NYC reviving her role as a swing/cover for the singing, can-can-ing Grisettes in Susan Stroman's THE MERRY WIDOW at The Metropolitan Opera.
Rachel is the creator of Desirable Radiance - photography blog celebrating artists.