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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. Rachel also voiced the character of Barbie in the Barbie read-along audiobooks. 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 Hannah" Baker
Front Desk Manager
"Miss Hannah" is from sunny Orange County, California where she worked for almost 10 years teaching and managing a local children’s theatre and dance studio! She holds a BA in Acting and English from Pace University, which led her to explore her talents as theatre artist, director, stage manager, and general manager in NYC and abroad. Hannah loves to travel and has performed around the world in collaboration with professional artists. She also enjoys working behind the scenes, but what she loves most is working to foster a love of dance and theater at her new DWMR home.
"Miss Ashley" Brown Anderson
"Miss Ashley" grew up in Raleigh, NC, where she fell in love with dance at an early age. She graduated from James Madison University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Dance. While at JMU, she taught dance to local students with the Dance4Life program and trained in the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center. Her favorite credits include performing in BCEFA’s 29th Annual Gypsy of the Year and a regional production of Anything Goes. She can’t wait to share her passion with young dancers at Dance with Miss Rachel!
"Miss Kimberly" Cooper Schmidt
Director of Operations
"Miss Kimberly", originally from a small town in New Jersey, holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Manhattanville College. After college, she pursued a performance career that took her from one tiny Off-Broadway theatre to another all while teaching children's dance and gymnastics classes and running events for children and families alike. Her passion for theatre led to a career in production and general management before returning to her love of dance and childhood enrichment here at DWMR! When not at the studio, Miss Kimberly can be found baking or hosting one of her two Broadway-themed podcasts.
"Miss Bridget" Crisonino
"Miss Bridget" earned her BFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, from the New Studio on Broadway. Raised in Berkeley Heights, NJ, she grew up surrounded by a family of musical artists and was taught by talented and supportive teachers who continue to serve as her artistic role models to this day. Bridget first brought her love for song and dance to the stage through piano, dance competitions, and participating in Paper Mill Playhouse's All-Star Company. Bridget's affinity for theatre magic followed her as she appeared in roles such as Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Little Red Riding Hood, and JoJo in Seussical. She made her first NYC appearance in the Off-Broadway musical, Evergreen. Bridget continues to perform with the NY Pops in Carnegie Hall Gala Concerts, as well as appearing in various workshops, readings, and television shows. Bridget is so excited to be joining the DWMR team and to share with her students all the joy, love, and friendship from the many years of dance in her own youth.
"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 Ali" Funkhouser
"Miss Ali" grew up in Massachusetts where she attended the Franklin School for the Performing Arts. She received her BM in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University before moving to NYC to pursue her career as an actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. Her credits include the national tours of Joseph…Dreamcoat and Evita and regional productions of Newsies, Legally Blonde, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and more. Her choreography for the international touring ensemble Electric Youth has been seen in six countries. Miss Ali has shared her love of the performing arts in schools throughout New York, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma. She is so excited to be joining the DWMR family!
"Miss Katherine" Gorham
"Miss Katherine" is very excited to be joining the Dance with Miss Rachel team! She grew up in San Diego, California, where she received an intensive dance education in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop, and studied vocal performance and musical theater under renowned opera singer Nina Smith. She received a BA in Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She has since worked as a dance teacher and choreographer all over NYC while pursuing a career as a comedic television writer. Her favorite choreography credits include American Idiot: the Musical and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Her favorite performance credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Next to Normal, and Legally Blonde. the Musical.
"Mr. Andrew" Hanley
Pianist/Baby Bop Music Leader
Andrew J. Hanley is a New York City-based composer/lyricist originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His works include Still Life In A Mile-Deep Bathtub (with Anderson John Heinz), Look (with Jessica Bedford), and The First Six. Other credits include musical contributions to the New York Neo-Futurists’ The Great American Drama as well as "Clown Zer0", a musical podcast. Andrew is an alumnus of the Writers Group at Musical Theatre Factory, a resident company of Playwrights Horizons. His work has been featured at Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, LA’s A Little New Music, Musical Theatre Factory, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and more. Andrew is a member of the Young Artist Board at New York City Center Off-Center and has worked as a music assistant and copyist for Powerhouse Theater, New York Stage & Film, Disney Theatrical, and Ambassador Theatre Group.
"Mr. James" Harvey
"Mr. James" studied music composition at NYU Steinhardt and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. His original musical, The Crack in the Ceiling, was produced at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival. His one-man comedy show, The Bald Faced Truth, continues to play to sold-out audiences in New York City. As an educator, James has worked for such organizations as Tada Youth Theatre, American Musical Theatre Academy, and A Class Act NY, and is experienced in teaching musical theatre performance, songwriting, and piano.
"Miss Sarah" Haynes
"Miss Sarah H" is a dancer from Toronto, Ontario, now living in New York City. She began dancing at a young age and continued her studies at Pace University in NYC where she received a BFA in Commercial Dance and a minor in English Literature. Since graduating, Sarah has been working professionally as a dancer in the United States and Canada. Select credits include Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, the Greg Frewin Magic Show in Niagara Falls, Canada and the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. She has had the pleasure of working with many notable choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Jeremy Duvall, and Patti Colombo. Sarah is so excited to be a part of DWMR and share her passion for dance with all the young dancers.
"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.
"Mr. Eli" LaCroix
"Mr. Eli" is delighted to join the Dance With Miss Rachel team. He moved to NYC after being raised in a small town in West Michigan, and subsequently earned his BFA in Musical Theater from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Eli has music- directed international tours and has acted and played keys Off-Broadway and regionally. He loves to teach music, singing, and acting to all ages all around the tri-state area. His favorite appearances include Paper Mill Playhouse, NiCori Studios, Waterwell, and various colleges and universities. Eli can't wait to spread some light and find the magic with his classes!
"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 Alle-Faye" Monka
"Miss Alle-Faye" grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, but her passion for musical theater brought her to the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC. She went on to receive her B.F.A. in Musical Theater from The University of Michigan and has since performed at regional theaters around the country and toured Japan. Some of her highlights include A Chorus Line, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy, The Wedding Singer, 42nd Street, and Mary Poppins. You can also catch some of her performances with Starkid Productions on YouTube. Miss Alle-Faye currently splits her time as a dance instructor and fitness instructor here in NYC. She absolutely loves sharing her talents with children and feels honored to have such an impact on their lives through dance and music here at Dance With Miss Rachel.
"Miss Danielle" Mumpower
"Miss Danielle" was born and bred in Bristol, VA, where she started her formal ballet training at the age of 3 and never looked back! She attended East Tennessee State University where she studied in division of Theatre and Dance. In 2010, Miss Danielle led the cast of Tallulah Dies at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, bringing home the Producer's Pick award. Since moving NYC in 2012, Miss Danielle was in the original cast of Raiz with Sliva Dance Company, as well as Checkit Dance! and Improbable Stage Company. She’s worked on many original projects, including features in Myselves, choreographed by Lauren Lasorda, and Roadkill from creators and choreographers Tali Custer and Lauren Lasorda, and most recently in That Which Remains at the IRT Theatre. Miss Danielle is also a teaching artist with Wingspan Arts, and an active member of House of the Roses, a volunteer dance company bringing dance classes to NYC children in community centers and shelters. She is thrilled to join the DWMR team and cannot wait to dance with you all!
"Miss Sarah" Treanor
"Miss Sarah" originally hails from Annapolis, Maryland, where she grew up singing, dancing, and acting throughout the DC/Baltimore area. She became passionate about classical music and studied voice at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore during high school before moving to NYC to pursue a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Educational Theatre at NYU. She has been fortunate to perform in musicals and concerts in New York City and in regional theaters throughout the US. Some favorite shows include Cabaret and Life Could Be a Dream. Sarah is thrilled to be a part of the team at DWMR!
"Miss Eboné" Williams
Originally from Texas, Miss Eboné moved to NY to attend Pace University where she received her BFA in Commercial Dance. During her senior year, she was signed to Bloc Talent Agency NYC, and has since appeared on shows including The Break with Michelle Wolf (Netflix) and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS). Live performances include dancing for Todrick Hall featuring Ciara at Barclay Center. Miss Eboné has worked at DWMR for three years and is very excited to join the teaching staff this year!