Rachel grew up in Ithaca, NY in a family that for two generations has consisted almost entirely of musicians. From a very early age, she was inspired to become a dedicated artist herself, and spent her youth primarily focusing on violin and ballet. Rachel went on to attend the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music where she received her BFA in ballet while still finding time to play as a violinist and perform as the concertmaster of the University of Cincinnati’s Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her dance training, Rachel has been fortunate to study with teachers such as Deirdre Carberry (ABT), Jillana, Maria Calegari (NYCB), Vivi Flindt (Royal Danish Ballet), among others.
Rachel has danced professionally in Ohio, Kentucky, and New York where she has had the privilege of dancing roles such as Cinderella (Cinderella), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty).
She is delighted to have returned to her hometown where she teaches at Ithaca College, and performs and teaches with the Ithaca Ballet. Rachel is also a Suzuki violin teacher, visual artist, and a trained life coach- working to help people find and incorporate more inspiration and creativity into everyday living.