Rachel Kennedy, assistant dance instructor, was born in Georgia and moved to Alabama with her family in 2007. She started dancing at the age of 13 under the instruction of Leslie Hayes at Sole Dance Studio in Florence, AL. After three years exclusively at Sole, she expanded her training and began classes at Madison Ballet Academy in Madison, AL. She continued her studies at Sole during this time, as well. When her season was up at MBA, she continued her education at Steps of Faith Performing Arts Center in Meridianville, AL where she was accepted into their dance company and furthered her technique and training.
Upon graduating high school in 2013, Rachel was accepted into a dance company called Ingredients in Dallas, TX. She trained in multiple genres that included hip-hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and modern. She also traveled with Dance Revolution (a dance convention) to many locations around Texas, as well as Orlando, Chicago and Winston Salem. With Ingredients she performed at the American Airlines Center and various conferences including Pink Impact, Flourish, and Bold & Beautiful. Completing her first year with Ingredients, she was invited to come back for a second year to be member of their professional dance company.
She has taken classes from So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Kathryn McCormick and Brandon Mitchell, Hip-Hop choreographer Ryan Warren, a former Radio City Rockette, and other prominent teachers and choreographers.
She has performed in the original productions of White, The Visitation, Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe as Edmond, and Sole’s yearly recital productions.
She has taught at Sole Dance Studio, Steps of Faith Performing Arts Center, Bruce Lea’s Dance Factory, Ingredients Dance Intensive and has assisted at Dance Revolution.
Rachel is eager to share her knowledge and love of dance with each student she has the honor of teaching. Her hope is that they will find a love and passion for dance as they learn and grow.