Rachel's creative, unique choreography has helped propel teams to winning both State and National titles. Her collaborative efforts with Karl Mundt have produced eleven National Champions in the last five years alone- most recently, for the University of Minnesota (2012 UDA Champions- Div1A Jazz) and for the Eden Prairie Pom Squad (2011 UDA Large Varsity Champions- Jazz Div). In 2008, Rachel’s work with Heritage High School helped them win the Washington State Dance Team Championship.
With over 18 year of dance experience, Rachel’s eclectic style stems from her background of well-versed dance training, including jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop and precision dance. She trained for 14 years at the acclaimed Stage Door of Performing Arts (now Northern Force) and was a 4 year member of the Totino-Grace E'gals dance team, winning 5 State championships. Additionally, Rachel was 4 year member (serving as Captain for 3 years) of the University of St. Thomas dance team, winning a national championship in 2006.
Rachel has an extensive background as a coach and master teacher, working with competitive dance teams throughout Minnesota. She is currently in her 9th year with the Totino-Grace E'gals as an assistant Varsity coach and was voted the AA assistant coach of the year in 2006 and 2010 (MADT). From 2006-08 she worked as an instructor and creative director for Advantage Dance and most was a choreographer for the 2008-09 Kelle Company Dance Team Catalog, a national leader in the dance costume industry. In addition, Rachel was a member of the Minnesota Association of Dance Teams (MADT) Board of Directors from 2008-10.
As a performer Rachel has danced throughout the US at numerous conventions and competitions and has won several titles and high-point awards. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Zenon dance school Block-E scholarship and is a company member of Crash Dance Productions contemporary dance company. Rachel brings to her work a spirited passion, and an exceptional capacity for seeing the potential in all dancers.
Choreography credits include:
- University of St. Thomas (2012 National Champions)
- University of Oregon
- Eastern Washington Elite Junior All-Stars (National Champs)
- Heritage High School (Washington State Champions)
- Hamline University
- Totino-Grace E'gals
Co-choreography credits (with Karl Mundt) include:
- University of Minnesota (2010, 2011 & 2012 UDA Champions- Div 1A)
- Eden Prairie Pom Squad (2009-11 UDA National Champions- Large Varsity Jazz Div)
- University of St. Thomas (Three –Time National Champions)
- Eastern Washington Elite Senior All-Stars (Seven-Time National Champions & 2008 World All-Star Champions)