Instructor of Dance, Interlochen Arts Academy
B.A., Dance, Mercyhurst University; Teaching Diploma, National Ballet School of Canada; STOTT certified Pilates instructor, International Society of Dance, Canadian Dance Teachers Association
Rachel James is a native of Ontario, Canada. She received her training at The National Ballet School of Canada, graduating with a degree in Ballet Pedagogy. After dancing professionally with Ballet, Modern and Contemporary companies throughout the United States and Canada she attended Mercyhurst University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in Choreography and Pedagogy. As an educator, James has served as Director of Dance at Interlochen Arts Camp and on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts, Evergreen City Ballet and Mercyhurst University. Her choreography has been presented by Interlochen Dance Ensemble, Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre, Evergreen City Ballet, Arch Productions and represented Mercyhurst University at the Youth America Grand Prix finals in 2014. She is a STOTT certified Pilates instructor and has taught Pilates as a conditioning/restorative tool for dancers having her research featured in Dance Magazine.