Hip Hop Dance Instructor
Rachel started dancing at the age of 15, there were no opportunities for dance instruction where she grew up in Bremerton, Washington so she taught herself the exciting and acrobatic style known as breakin (breakdancing) by watching videos and learning from online written tutorials. After moving to Utah at 18, however, she was able to expand her knowledge of dance and learn other styles of hip hop like popping and locking. She also joined a freestyle breakdance crew called the “Blowup Kingz” and has been competing in battles and doing performances with them for the past five years. Rachel began teaching breakin to any students who wanted to learn. She organized performances at school functions and charity events. Teaching is very rewarding for Rachel as she is providing a service she wishes would have had been available to her when she was younger, she seeks to instill greater confidence and self-esteem in people through hip hop. In the future she aspires to create a nonprofit organization that will make dance programs available at foster homes, troubled youth homes, and youth rehab centers, the aim will be to change lives in a positive way using hip hop as a tool.