Who is Rachel?

keener headshotRachel Cassandra is a teacher and dancer originally from Port Jefferson, New York. Her passions are dancing, teaching, and travel. She loves having the opportunity to connect with dancers all over the world.

Rachel has had an unusual dance journey: highlights include starting off with Hungarian folk dances at age 17, winning the Moroccan salsa championship in 2011, and spending a good chunk of her 20s traveling nonstop to teach kizomba across the US, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Rachel gave up her nomadic teaching lifestyle when she moved to Stuttgart in 2017. She teaches blues classes for Blues Kitchen Stuttgart and private lessons in kizomba, blues, and ballroom dances. You can contact her about workshop possibilities and check out her YouTube channel.

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.

Rachel enjoys a variety of other partner dances including Brazilian Zouk, West Coast Swing, and Argentine tango.