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Originally from Pennsylvania, Rachel Hettinger moved to NYC to train in Broadway Dance Center's Scholarship Program, and then continued her training with the Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program, focusing on contemporary movement and anatomy.
Rachel's class pushes students to embrace the challenges of training - to always be developing one's unique artistry and strength as technically-trained and versatile dancers, storytellers, and creators.
From the start of class to finish, dancers are encouraged to take risks, explore new ideas within their conversation of movement, and to always continue creating and sharing.
Class consists of a full 45-minute warmup which includes yoga and Pilates-based exercises as well as gyrotonic-inspired transitions and ideas, that prepare the dancer for improvisation and phrasework to follow.
Phrasework is driven by music from hip-hop to instrumental and is athletic, intricate, and intrinsic. The class environment is fun and light-hearted.