The Dance Center was established in 1993 with the goal of bringing professional dance instruction to children and adults in Middleborough and the surrounding towns. The original Dance Center, located in one of downtown Middleborough's historic buildings, consisted of one large dance studio, small waiting area and dressing room. Over the years as the student enrollment grew, the studio facilities expanded as well. The Rachel Park Dance Center presently consists of two large, air-conditioned studios with wood flooring and viewing windows, large air-conditioned waiting area, costume room and staff offices.
The Rachel Park Dance Center provides all students with experienced instructors. All are adults with prior teaching experience, degrees in dance or dance education. We feel strongly that an experienced and qualified faculty is the key to a positive dance experience. The Rachel Park Dance Center is the home of the Middleborough Youth Ballet which performs a full-length Nutcracker every few years and the Rachel Park Dance Company/Competition Team, a group of talented and highly committed students, who perform locally and attend numerous dance conventions, master classes and competitions each year. They have earned many high score and special judge's awards. Several former studentshave graduated from college with degrees in dance, as well as being accepted onto college performing companies and dance teams. A few have even returned to the Rachel Park Dance Center as faculty members and choreographers!
The Dance Center believes that a key component to a well-rounded dance education is for students to be exposed to guest artists. The Dance Center has hosted master classes and workshops with artists and guest instructors such as Ian McKenzie (lead dancer for Lady Gaga), Alicia Simone (coach of nationally competitive acro dance teams in Australia) , Brea Perdue (semi-finalist Season 2 of Fox's hit show "So You Think You Can Dance"), Adam Bernstein (dancer for TV show "Bunheads"), David Petro (Boston tour of "Cats"), Thomas Fillebrown and Delilah Smyth (Louisville Ballet), Marissa Salemi (Miss Dance America 1999) and Joey Zarzecki (popular adjudicator and teacher for national competitions and conventions.
The Rachel Park Dance Center's philosophy is to recognize, encourage and develop every student, instilling a positive self-image, a sense of discipline and an appreciation of dance as an art form.