Who is Rachel?

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Rachel Cassandra is a teacher and dancer originally from Port Jefferson, New York. Her passions are dancing, teaching, and travel and she’s pursued these extensively since she started dancing in 2005. She has a varied dance background and extensive teaching expertise. Have a look at her YouTube channel.

Rachel has taught in cities around Europe and across the United States. While she periodically bases herself in one city for a time (recently Sydney, New York City, London, and Dublin), she is more often living the nomadic teaching lifestyle. Stuttgart may be called home base from February 2017. Although she’s not currently running any weekly classes, you can contact her about workshop possibilities.

Kizomba is Rachel’s primary dance. She also provides instruction in semba and has been known to give tips on social tarraxinha. Additionally, Rachel enjoys sharing her love of blues dancing.

While she adores following, Rachel spends about half her time leading on the social floor. She is an advocate of gender equality in partner dancing. Not only does she teach leaders’ steps and technique, she encourages everyone to try following and styling classes. She loves to see people exploring both sides of social dancing.

Besides that, you’ll still find Rachel out doing lindy hop or salsa on occasion, and she’s determined to learn West Coast Swing, Brazilian Zouk, and Argentine tango eventually.