Rachael Hopkins Rockwell

Rachael Hopkins Rockwell is a Central Florida native who graduated from high school in 2007, and went on to study family and social psychology at The Florida State University. There she joined the “Golden Girls” dance team, where she was captain and choreographed for them the three years that she was on the team. It was only at this point when she realized that teaching and choreography were parts of dance that she was truly interested in; a thought that she’d never explored before. After locally teaching and saving money for 2 years, she decided to further pursue her professional dance and choreographic career.

Rachael uprooted her life, and moved to North Hollywood, California where she began teaching and choreographing. Passionate about making her dream of becoming a professional dancer a reality, she began auditioning like crazy. She was soon signed and represented by top LA talent agency GTA, and began booking her jobs she never thought attainable. While in California she really began to build her professional resume…some of her professional performance credits include: being hired as an original company member of contemporary company Royal Flux, under the artistic direction of Jaci Royal (from SYTYCD) and performing in both of their inaugural shows “Shining” and “Shining On.” She was cast in Andrew Winghart’s first original show “Out of Darkness,” as well as being welcomed into contemporary company Entity, artistically directed by Marissa Osato and Will Johnston. Rachael has also been featured dancing in music videos, industrial commercials, on ESPN and KARtv, as well as in a variety of off-Broadway productions at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. She has worked with, trained under, and assisted choreographers like Jaci Royal, Andrew Winghart, Eryn Waltman, Justin Giles, Mandy Moore, Sonya Tayeh, Brooke Pierotti, and Ray Leeper to name a few.

While Rachael has had the honor of choreographing for the Dance Arts Centre Performing Arts Company for the past 6 years from afar, she has been a full time teacher here for the past two years after getting engaged and having a desire to be back closer to home. She and her husband now live in the Sugar Hill area, where they are very excited about putting down some more permanent roots.

As a teacher of something she’s so passionate about, Rachael doesn’t stop at any opportunity to spread the love of dance. While she primarily teaches contemporary, musical theatre, jazz, hip hop, and tumbling, she is trained heavily in all styles. Her talents have earned her recognition as not only a skilled and reliable dancer, but as an established and award winning choreographer both regionally and nationally. She choreographs and teaches for several studios and dance teams across the United States, but very much enjoys having her “home base” dance family here at Dance Arts Centre.

Rachael travels teaching as an instructor for The Dance Sessions, founded by Sonya Tayeh and Chris Jacobsen, and assists various choreographers at “The Collective,” a yearly summer intensive held in California. She has also been hired by celebrity fashion designer Ina Soltani to choreograph the opening number for LA Fashion Week, as well as Paul Mitchell’s premier fashion and hair expo in Orlando, FL. She has truly found her passion in teaching dance, and is excited to see what the future has in store for her and
her students.