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Rachel began her dancing career in London, England, at age 3, where she took Ballet. After moving to the United States, she danced many years with Barbara Shepherd in Fairfax, Virginia, at Barbara Shepherd’s Academy of Dance. It was there she began her Tap and Jazz training as well as Ballet. In the 1980’s, she began dancing with Buffa Hargett at Buffa’s Dance Studio in Burke, Virginia. She was a member of Miss Buffa’s Dance Company and began attending the Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions in New York City from age 13-18 where she danced with world renowned choreographers and dancers.

In 1988, Rachel was the lead dancer in the Fauquier High School production of “The Wiz.” During her high school years she remained a dancer at Buffa’s and was on the FHS Pom-Pon squad. She was also a cheerleader for basketball season and attended a national cheerleading competition with her FHS squad. In 1989, Rachel participated in the Miss Virginia Teen pageant. She was Miss Photogenic and 2nd runner up in the Miss Fauquier pageant.

In 1989, she attended and received her AA in Elementary Education from Potomac State College of WVU where she was a cheerleader and in her sophomore year at Potomac State was the Co-Captain of the cheerleading squad. During that time, she was also the captain of the equestrian team and a runner-up in the homecoming court.

In 1995 Miss Rachel received her BA from Mary Washington College in Performing and Liberal Arts. In 1994, she taught part-time at In Motion for Laura Crowne and it was then that she realized that opening her own studio was the dream she longed for.

In 1998, Miss Rachel opened For A Dancer, Inc. Originally in Old Town Warrenton, the studio needed to expand and is located conviently 10 minutes from Warrenton in Bealeton, VA.


 Rachel has choreographed numbers for the local Fauquier Community Theater including, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Charlotte’s Web.” 

She has had the most pleasure teaching her own students these past 25 years.

 At the DanceMakers, Inc., National Competition at Myrtle Beach, in July 2009,  Rachel won the Marjorie Perry National Spirit Award for dance education.

To my students:

“When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you DANCE!”


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