Rachel M. Hettinger, originally from Pennsylvania, started on the stage doing musical theater, performing in Fame: The Musical (Iris), Oliver! (Bet), Bus Stop (Cherie), and Pinocchio (as Pinocchio).
Rachel moved to NYC to study as an intern at the Broadway Dance Center under names such as Ginger Cox, Joshua Pelatzky, Calen J, Kurka, Chris Hale, Jeff Amsden, Sheila Barker, and Brice Mousset, where she found her true passion for dance. Soon after, Rachel decided to continue her studies focusing on contemporary ballet movement and anatomy with :pushing progress's Contemporary Training Program under the direction of Calen J. Kurka and Chris Hale.
During her few years in NYC Rachel has had the privilege of performing for various artists at many venues around the city, some of which include: Brice Mousset, Ashley Carter, Calen J. Kurka, Chris Hale, Jim Cooney, Cara Goodwin, and Catherine Gallant. She has also performed at MMAC, Webster Hall, Rhapsody James' Sirens After Dark at BLVD, Peridance Salvatore Capezio Theater, Glamour Magazine, Office Max Elf Yourself, Alvin Ailey Theatre, Hunter College, Symphony Space, and for Derek Mitchell at the Los Angeles Carnival, and the Capezio ACE Awards.
Recently, Rachel danced alongside Wendy Williams in a new television promo for the up-and-coming season of her show. Currently, she works with Broadway Dance Center's Children and Teen Program, and she dances and choreographs with solWEST Dance Collaborative, a contemporary dance company. They have featured work on several stages in NYC, as well as in California at the sjDANCEco Choreo Project at San Jose state where she won an Audience Favorite Award for choreography. Rachel’s work has also been performed at Galapagos ArtSpace in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Rachel's artistic passion is the exploration of movement, and the therapeutic practice of centering the mind and finding awareness within the body, producing honest and genuine dancers and performers. Dance is how we tell our story, let's join together, collaborate, and be heard.