The Dance Center is under the direction of Rachel A. Park. Rachel began her dance training at the age of three and has studied at many different dance centers throughout New England and Pennsylvania. Rachel majored in dance at Dean College and earned her Associates of Arts Degree, graduating with high honors. Training included Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theater and Voice. While at Dean she became a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Dean Dance Company and the Musical Theater Ensemble. Rachel is certified by test to teach through the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston, of which she remains an active member. She continues to improve and enhance the training offered at the Rachel Park Dance Center by attending curriculum courses, workshops, conventions and master classes. In the past, Rachel enjoyed volunteering as a dance instructor at the Boys and Girls Club of Taunton. In addition to serving as owner and Artistic Director of the Rachel Park Dance Center and Middleborough Youth Ballet, Rachel is married and a proud mother of two.
Pre-School, Primary, Ballet/Pointe
Michele is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor's Degree in Theater and Dance. While attending the University of New Hampshire she performed with the UNH Dance Company and the Seacoast Ballet Company. She received her earlier training with Marylou Cunningham, Director of the Hanover School of Ballet, and went on to study with Jose Mateo's Ballet Theater of Boston and School of Boston Ballet. Michele has attended summer programs at STEPS with the late David Howard and American Dance Festival at Duke University. Michele has performed leading roles in Ballet Theater's Nutcracker, as well as many of Jose Mateo's original works.
Michele is EEC certified and has worked with infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers at Children's World Training Center in Norwell and Pilgrim Pre-School in Duxbury. She has taught Creative Movement , Ballet and Tap at Dance Workshop of Hanover and Ballet Theater of Boston. Michele currently resides in Middleborough and is a proud mother of two.
Pre-School, Primary, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater
Erica grew up in Rhode Island and began her dance training at the age of three. She graduated from Plymouth State University in 2016 with a Small Business Entrepreneurship degree and Dance Pedagogy minor. During her time at PSU, she worked with several professional guest artists and performed some of their works. She also trained and performed with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Dance Team. Erica served as captain, treasurer and choreographer of the dance team. Her passion for teaching developed through the pedagogy curriculum, and through volunteering to offer workshops around New Hampshire. Erica has been teaching dance in various settings and has recently performed at Shaker Village in New Hampshire, Plymouth State University and Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA. She has also choreographed musicals for children, including "Elf Jr", Seussical Kids" and "Grease: School Edition". Erica is excited to be joining the RPDC team and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with all of her students.
Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Competition Team Choreography
Sarah majored in dance at Dean College and holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree. While at Dean, she was heavily involved in theater, performing in shows such as Sweet Charity, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Medea and The Producers, for which she held the position of Dance Captain. Dance choreography and performance credits at Dean include the Student Cabaret, Dean College Dance Showcase, Dean Day at Patriot's Place and the Dean College Synergy Show. She was also a member of the Dean Dance Company. She has attended the Summer Intensive Program at the renowned Alvin Ailey School in New York City where she received training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Caribbean. Sarah holds special skills in Voice, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Choreography, Stage Combat, Pointe and American Sign Language.
Sarah is a former member of the Rachel Park Dance Company and trained at the Dance Center in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. She was a member of the Rachel Park Dance Center's Hip Hop Team, winning several awards.
In addition to teaching at the Dance Center, Sarah is a member of Unyted Stylz, a Boston based Hip Hop & Contemporary company. As a member of Unyted Stylz, she has performed in New York City and throughout the Boston area. Sarah is also on the faculty of several other dance centers the south shore and is currently a substitute teacher for the Middleboro and Bridgewater/Raynham schools. In her spare time, she serves as a choreographer for "That's Entertainment", presented by Middleborough High School's Speech & Theater Program. Sarah brings a very innovative style to the Rachel Park Dance Center.
Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop Kids, Competition Team Choreography
Anne-Marie is a graduate of SUNY where she received her B.A. in Performing Arts. She has had the pleasure of performing in Italy, Philadelphia, Long Island and Manhattan with a professional dance company. Anne-Marie taught children throughout the New York Metropolitan area and Georgia before moving to Massachusetts. She has been on the faculty at several other dance centers in New England and enjoys teaching dance at the Middleborough Elementary School Sharp Program during the summer. She is currently a substitute teacher for the Bridgewater/Raynham school district. Anne-Marie currently resides in Middleborough and has been an active member of the Middleborough MOMS Club. Anne-Marie is a proud mother of two.
With more than 20 years of experience in dance education , the Rachel Park Dance Center provides top quality instruction to all students. Our team of instructors are college graduates and hold degrees in the Arts. They are motivated by their love of dance and the passion to transfer their knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine.