Rachel began her dance training at the age of 4 at Long Beach Ballet Academy. She performed in 13 seasons of the Nutcracker, as well as 9 seasons of their annual spring show performances. As a member of both the Junior and Senior Companies for 3 years, she traveled to attend the Regional Dance America festival where her studio was awarded with the title of Honor Company. Rachel was selected to be on her high school’s dance team and spent 2 years on the Intermediate level, and two years on Advanced. During this time, she simultaneously trained at Onstage Dance Center where found her love for other styles such as jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and improvisation. Rachel has been teaching dance since the age of 15 and has developed a passion for the art form and working with children. She currently attends California State University of Long Beach, where she is majoring in Child Development and Family Studies. She continues to train at Millennium Dance Complex, challenging herself to constantly improve her technique, artistry, and try new styles. She is excited to share her experience and love for dance with the students at RKDC.
Maya Elaine McClain was born in Atlanta and raised 20 minutes north of the city. At age six, she took her first tap class and fell in love with dancing and performing. Maya spent over 10 years training at Renaissance International School of Performing Arts in Milton, GA. There she was an award-winning company member and studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-Hop and Musical Theatre, Acting and Voice. While at RISPA, Maya was a mentor and a student-teacher where she taught Hip-Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theatre to the mini-companies. Maya earned a BFA in Theatre and Performance with a double Minor in Dance and Public Relations from Emerson College in Boston. While at Emerson, Maya was the Artistic Director of Emerson Urban Dance Theatre (EUDT), a student lead dance company. Maya has performed in professional shows in Boston and the Metro Atlanta Area. She has trained with Debbie Allen, Savion Glover, Nan Giordano, and several Broadway veterans. She is eager to share her knowledge and work with the students of Dancing with RKDC.
Abigail began her dance training at the age of 4 at Backstage Dance Academy in Turlock, CA. At the age of 6 she joined Center for Urban Performance and Service (CUPS) where she trained for 16 years in all disciplines including ballet, tambourines, flags, jazz, hip hop, tumbling and aerial. Throughout her childhood she attended numerous workshops to enhance her training including the CCSDC at Julien School of Dance, and the Word in Motion Dance Festival where she trained under professional guest artists. While attending Modesto Junior College, she trained with instructors including Coleen Patterson, Lori Byhrni, Kim T. Davis, and Philip Flickinger. Abigail transferred to California State University of Fullerton where she could continue exploring her passion for Modern dance. She studied different styles including Horton, Graham-based, and Limon-based. During her time at CSUF Abigail has trained under faculty and guests artists including Alvin Rangel-Alvarado, Debra Noble, Lisa Long-Dravasovich, Gladys Kares, Courtney Osevek, and Muriel Joyce, Nancy Colahan, Joshua Romero, and Leslie Scott. She has had the privilege of performing at the American College Dance Association Festival, with Modesto Junior College and CSU Fullerton. Since graduating from CSU Fullerton with a degree in Dance, she has taught dance at a school in South Central LA and many other studios in Orange County. She is excited to work with the students and faculty of RKDC.
Brianna Barron is a teacher & administrator from Ontario, California. She had a passion for the arts at a young age, playing classical music, taking acting classes, cheer and dance. While in high school, she danced on both the intermediate and advanced dance team while taking studio classes in Upland. She began teaching at the age of 15 as an assistant to the director of dance at Colony High School. Following high school, she attended Riverside Community College where she danced/competed on the song & cheer team while teaching weekly classes to teens. After transferring to Loyola Marymount University, Brianna had the privilege of learning from faculty such as Tekla Kostek, Damon Rago, Scott Heinzinger, Teresa Highland, Monti Ellison, and Jason Myhre. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Brianna earned a Mat Pilates certification with BASI Pilates and completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Over the past 16 years, she has worked with movers ages 2 to 18 in various settings such as private studios, non-profit organizations, public & charter schools, and Mount Saint Mary’s University. As RKDC’s Education Director, she produces RKDC youth dance workshops, the bi-annual student showcases, and manages all aspects of programming. She is grateful for the opportunity to inspire and support students young and older.