Rachel James
New York, NY
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Rachel James

Rachel J.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
We'll start with a technical warm up designed to help students develop agility, precision, strength, and speed, then move progressively through tap vocabulary to create a thorough knowledge and mastery of the form - all while having a wonderful time and experiencing the joy that can only be found through tap dance!

About Rachel J.

I'm a professional actor, singer, musician, and dancer, living and performing in New York. I began teaching piano, acting, and dance to beginning students well over a decade ago, and find such joy in guiding students to discovery. I believe the performing arts are some of the most beautiful gifts we can give to each other, and this is the core of why I teach.


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My daughter Zoe loves her first lesson with Rachel and she is looking forward to weekly lessons with her in the future! This goes to show that “The show must go on!” in times like these!

Posted Jul 31, 2020
Kayla S.
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Rachel is very student-centered. She focuses on what her students want to learn rather than a set curriculum. She also helps with their weak points as well. I highly recommend working with Rachel.

Posted Jun 16, 2020
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Rachel is a great teacher who really knows her stuff and wants to help her student. Her lessons are always thought out and her critique is always on point. She allows for enough creative freedom to be able to give you notes afterwards that enable you to build on them because she wants you to achieve your potential. She really cares and will help you wherever she can whether its for an upcoming audition or polishing your resume. I highly recommend her teaching.

Posted Feb 2, 2020
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Rachel is an amazing teacher! She helped me with a self tape and was so amazing! She not only coached me on the acting of the scene, but also in how to make sure the technical side of the self tape was as effective as possible. I highly recommend her!

Posted Dec 10, 2019
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Rachel has an incredible understanding of the foundations of piano, and is really patient and kind. I went into this with very little piano experience (think Chopsticks!), and she helped me find a really sustainable path to learn and grow. Her lessons and exercises have been so helpful! I’ve always wanted to learn how to play piano, and now I am!

Highly recommended! Thank you, Rachel!!

Posted Nov 26, 2019

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BA in Theatre & Dance, Emphasis in Acting
Aug 2009 - May 2012

The University of Texas at Austin


Gold Medal
May 2005

Texas Music Teachers Association


Actors' Equity Association
Jul 2015
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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