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WHAT WE DO...
At Dance with Miss Rachel, kids ages 10 weeks and up have a place to let their creativity blossom. In unique, inspirational 45-minute classes, kids learn ballet, singing, musical theatre, and more. All classes are taught by two professionally trained instructors who sing along with a live pianist.What makes us different from other kids' programs? Just ask anyone who's taken our classes. Our individualized approach to teaching makes each child feel like a star. At Dance with Miss Rachel, we seek to educate children through storytelling, imaginative song and movement, and spark their inner creativity. Not only do we have fun, dance is the ultimate way for kids to develop balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, grace, sharing, and independence!
WHO WE ARE...
"Miss Rachel" Cantor
Owner / Director
"Miss Rachel" comes to NYC from West Bloomfield, Michigan, where her love of all things theatrical began. She performed in school and community shows since age 5 before attending the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy. After graduating High School, Rachel attended The Boston Conservatory, graduating with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Upon graduation, Rachel moved to NYC and has been performing in New York and around the country ever since! In addition, Rachel is an accomplished voiceover artist with national spots for Huggies, Walmart, and McDonald's currently running. Rachel also voices the character of Barbie in all the Barbie read-along audio books. Her passions for theatre and working with children have proven to be a winning combination.
Over the years, "Miss Rachel" has become a downtown staple, sharing her love of song and dance with hundreds of children in the community. After several years of hard work and preparation (including a year rolling her backpack—aka "mobile studio"—around town), Dance with Miss Rachel is truly a dream realized.
Read more about her story in the Tribeca Citizen and SoulCycle blog!
"Miss Lisa" Boag
"Miss Lisa" grew up in a small town called Lewiston, NY, but became a city girl when she was accepted to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts to study musical theatre. After graduation, she spent several years in national tours of the Broadway musicals Show Boat, Cats, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, My Fair Lady, and Mary Poppins. Lisa has worked as an assistant director and as a choreographer at regional theaters all over the country. She was also a dance instructor at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China. Lisa loves singing, dancing, music, costumes, and kittens. She's excited to share the things that make her happy with all the dancers at Dance with Miss Rachel.
"Miss Julie" Burna
"Miss Julie" arrived in New York from Lakeland, Florida, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has been a lifelong student of dance, musical theatre, and arts management, culminating in degrees at both Florida State and New York University. After apprenticing with Florida Dance Theatre, she pursued choreography at Quincy Music Theatre, transitioned into coordinating scholarship auditions with Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech, leading to event management with Tribeca Performing Arts Center, where she was introduced to Dance with Miss Rachel. Now she looks forward to guiding your stars through the arts universe that has given her so much!
"Mr. David" Carl
"Mr. David" Carl grew up in Princeton, Texas, where he started playing piano at age seven. Since moving to New York City, he's been lucky enough to music direct for several small theatre companies and even see his own work produced. He's also served as a musical director at summer camps, accompanied children's choirs, and taught a few of his own piano students. He looks forward to accompanying little ballerinas every week!
"Miss Sarah" Chin
"Miss Sarah" grew up in Baltimore, and began her formal dance training at Peabody Preparatory, at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She continued her pre-professional training at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2013, Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance and a concentration in Ballet. While training at Marymount, she gained experience as a choreographer, and several of her works have been presented at MMC Honors Day, the Dancewave Kids Cafe Festival, and In-Sight Dance Company's Suite Summer Festival. Miss Sarah is so excited about joining the Dance with Miss Rachel team and having the opportunity to spread the joy of dance with young ballerinas!
Baby Bop! Music Leader
Collin is a favorite of children throughout Manhattan for his work with Music for Aardvarks and others. An accomplished musician and composer, he has also written the scores and created original songs for the feature films The Crab and Rona Mark's Objects Attack!. Collin recently finished a successful run of the hit show Fuerza Bruta: Wayra.
"Miss Suzanna" Dupree
"Miss Suzanna" is ecstatic to join the Dance with Miss Rachel team. Originally from Raleigh, NC, Suzanna has trained in both voice and dance since she can remember! She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and began touring with A Chorus Line (US, Canadian & Japanese companies), and most recently with QUEEN's hit We Will Rock You. Her favorite NYC/Regional credits include, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, 42nd Street, Cinderella, and frequent performances at Rockwood Music Hall. She is a regular judge for multiple dance competition circuits and teaches at studios around the city. Miss Suzanna is grateful for the opportunity to share her knowledge and joy of dance with the promising talent of tomorrow!
"Miss Tara" Forseth
"Miss Tara" grew up on six acres in Maryland with many cats, dogs, and horses. She fell in love with dance as soon as she could walk, and began ballet and tap classes at age four. This eventually led to a passion for musical theatre, leading her to NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained at the Atlantic Acting School and The New Studio on Broadway. Favorite regional and college credits include Laurey in Oklahoma!, Martha Jefferson in 1776, Lois Lane in Kiss Me Kate, and Anna in Spring Awakening. Tara is so excited to be a part of the Dance with Miss Rachel team and to share her love of song and dance.
"Miss Celeste" Hudson
"Miss Celeste" made her stage debut as a dancing poodle at age three, and hasn't stopped dancing since! She graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama from the New Studio on Broadway for Musical Theatre and a minor in Child/Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Since living in NYC, she has been honored to perform at Radio City Music Hall, Joe's Pub, Merkin Concert Hall, with NYMF at the Studio Theatre in the Signature, and in Times Square at The Liberty Theatre, to name a few favorites! She is incredibly passionate about arts education and feels so lucky to be pursuing her dream of sharing her love for dance and the arts with the amazing dancers at Dance with Miss Rachel!
"Miss Kaitlyn" Konstandt
“Miss Kaitlyn” Konstandt grew up in Amherst, New York, where she received ballet training at the American Academy of Ballet of Western NY and spent summers at The School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, and as an apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theater. After graduating from FIT and working in apparel and event management, Miss Kaitlyn is excited to be back doing her favorite thing in the world—ballet! She is a certified teacher through American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum program and is thrilled to share her love of music and dance with the DWMR ballerinas! Miss Kaitlyn resides in Tribeca with her husband.
"Miss Gloria" Makino
"Miss Gloria" grew up in Maryland and lived in Iowa before moving to New York. She has been singing since before she could talk, and started playing piano at age six. Her first experience playing piano for a ballet class was on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. As a singer, she has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and 54 Below, and was chosen by Hugh Martin's estate to record his last song for the CD Hugh Martin: Hidden Treasures, which has been reviewed on NPR and France Musique. She is also an actress, dancer, writer, and composer, and earned her B.A. cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University.
"Miss Renee" Ong
"Miss Renee" grew up in Singapore, where she studied piano under Ms. Akiko iijima. Since moving to the US, she studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music under the Berklee’s World Tour’s Scholarship. In New York, she actively performs with renowned dance companies and professional schools, including the Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York Theatre Ballet, Steps on Broadway, and others. Through her music, she hopes to inspire the little dancers at Dance with Miss Rachel.
"Mr. Curtis" Reynolds
“Mr. Curtis” has been performing since the age of four, when he sang “On Top of Spaghetti” at a talent competition in his hometown of Plymouth, Nebraska. He moved to NYC to study Musical Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt Vocal Performance Program. After graduating, Curtis has worked steadily as an actor, pianist, and music director regionally and throughout NYC. Some of his favorite roles include Mary Sunshine in Chicago and Scuttle in The Little Mermaid. He is very excited to join the Dance with Miss Rachel team and accompany all these talented young dancers!
"Miss Kayla" Shaffer
“Miss Kayla” Shaffer is ecstatic to be part of the DWMR family. She is originally from the small town of Erie, Pennsylvania, where she began dancing at the age of two at her aunt’s dance academy. She continued to dance over the years in all subjects, and soon fell in love with teaching at 13. She began to sing and act as well dance at the Center for Performing Arts, where she studied during high school. She graduated cum laude from the University of Tampa with a BFA in Performing Arts, and then moved to New York to pursue her dreams of performing and teaching. She can be seen in the Pain and Gain movie national commercial with Shaq, The Rock, and Mark Wahlberg, and as an extra in local TV shows and films. She’s also appeared in Cabaret at The Underground, The Wedding Singer at Narrows, and at the Radio City Rockette Intensives at Radio City Music Hall and the American Airlines Theater. Her can be heard singing the National Anthem at professional baseball, hockey, and basketball games. Miss Kayla is honored to teach at DWMR, and cannot wait to share her passion of dance and theater with the students, families, and staff.
"Miss Lauren" Smith
"Miss Lauren" spent her early years in Pennsylvania where she was an avid baton twirler and dancer. After moving to Florida at age 9, she found theatre at age 11 and never looked back! She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Carolina University and moved to NYC a year later. She has been seen on stage in New York City and in regional theatres across the country. Some favorite credits include Singin' in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, and Sweeney Todd. She was even in a show with music written by "Mr. David" Carl! Miss Lauren is excited to be a part of the Dance With Miss Rachel team!
"Mr. Zach" Smith
Baby Bop! Music Leader
"Mr. Zach" is a firm believer that music is a vital first step in each child's social/emotional development and has carried this philosophy with him through his years of teaching and performing for children across New York and New Jersey. Using music as a tool, Mr. Zach is able to foster unique connections with even the shyest of students. When he isn't molding young minds, Zach is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who plays guitar, bass, and banjo live and in recording sessions with bands and artists across the country.
"Miss Anna" Stone
“Miss Anna” is a professional dancer and dance instructor with over 23 years of experience. She grew up studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Clogging at The Studio for Dance in Cincinnati, OH, as well as training in depth in Ballet at the College Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati Ballet. Anna went on to attain a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Oklahoma City University. While there, she studied extensively in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz, as well as dance pedagogy. Since graduation, Anna has worked regularly as a professional dancer and teacher. She is the Director of Programming and Teaching Artist with Motivated Movers NYC, and most recently, she was seen on stage around the world in both the International and National tours of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Other favorite credits include the original cast of Scrooge No More, directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Lisa Shriver, Le Grande Cirque, and Dancing Queen. Anna has taught with ASTEP and the IRC at the Refugee Youth Summer Academy, and can be seen teaching as a guest artist for studios across the country. She is beyond thrilled to share her passion with the Dance With Miss Rachel dancers!
"Miss Elise" Vannerson
"Miss Elise" is so happy to be a spending another year at Dance with Miss Rachel! Originally from Los Angeles, she started out in softball so she could be just like her brother. However, due to missing every ball thrown her way because she was dancing in the outfield, her parents quickly enrolled her in dance classes, and the rest was history. She went on to attend Oklahoma City University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and immediately after she moved to New York City to pursue her dreams! She can't wait to share her passion and love of performing with all the beautiful dancers at DWMR!
"Miss Kasey" Walker
"Miss Kasey" is originally from Carmel, IN and started dancing at the age of three. After receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma, she moved to New York to pursue her passion professionally. She has toured nationally with Legally Blonde and We Will Rock You,and performed regionally with Anything Goes, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Who's Tommy, 42nd Street, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at various theatres in Indiana, Oklahoma, and Maine. Miss Kasey is thrilled to join the Dance with Miss Rachel team and share her love of dance with the students!
"Miss Viola" Wang
Viola is a music teacher of piano, violin, and viola. In Taiwan, Viola has been seen in many TV shows and commercials as a comedian and was a member of the Taipei Youth Philharmonic Orchestra as a viola player. After discovering her love for musical theatre, she moved to New York and graduated from NYFA Musical Theatre Conservatory. To be a part of the stage as a musician or actor is her dream, and her dream is coming true. Special thanks to Miss Rachel!
"Miss Gracie" Verkamp
“Miss Gracie” grew up in Omaha, NE, where she began dancing at the age of three. She quickly knew that dance would always be a special part of her life. She went on to attend Oklahoma City University, where she received a Bachelor of Performing Arts. Gracie has had the privilege of training on scholarship with Giordano Dance Chicago and Broadway Dance Center. Most recently, she has worked with Norwegian Cruise Line appearing in numerous shows while traveling around the world. Gracie is excited about being back on land and pursuing her dreams in New York City. She cannot wait to share her love and knowledge of dance with all of the children at Dance with Miss Rachel.