Faculty Profile Rachel M. Hettinger

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Salvatore Capezio Theater
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  • African Based
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  • Ballet
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  • Body Conditioning
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  • Contemporary
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  • Hip Hop/House/Street Styles
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  • Jazz/Theater
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  • Limon
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  • Tap
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  • Martial Arts
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  • Modern
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  • Salsa
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  • Yoga
    Rachel M. Hettinger


    Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00-11:30AM through June 5

    Mondays & Wednesdays 4:00-5:30PM June 10 through August 28

    Advanced Intermediate
    Fridays 1:00-2:30PM


    Rachel is the Artistic Director of metaphors&similesDANCE, a NYC project based contemporary dance company. Her company has presented work at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, Galapagos ArtSpace, and at San Jose State in San Jose, CA at the sjDANCEcoChoreo Project, where she was awarded with the Audience Choice recognition for choreography. As well as the Pushing Progress Showcase Series, the Young Choreographer's Festival, In- sight Dance Company's Annual Suite Summer Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park, the Annual DUMBO Dance Festival, the Annual Amalgamate Artists Series, and The Giving Tree, a benefit concert to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Rachel has also presented work at J CHEN PROJECT's 2015 TRANSLATE (The Voices of Dance) at Dixon Place, the USDAN Center for Performing Arts, Mouthfull curated by Holly Bynum of OF Bones Dance at CPR, the Periapsis Open Series at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, and alongside singer/songwriter Jenna Nicholls as part of GIG, a live musical and dance performance collaboration at University Settlement. Last year, Rachel co-produced an evening of dance at the West End Theater. This was the first full evening length work produced by metaphors&similesDANCE entitled Two Companies, One Stage. Most recently, Rachel was one of three choreographers’ chosen for the Eryc Taylor New Choreographer Grant, where she was awarded a grant to produce 30 minutes of new work presented at New York Live Arts.

    Rachel teaches open contemporary classes at Peridance Capezio Center, as well as several studios in and around the tri-state area, and The School at Peridance children’s classes.

    Rachel is also the director of Peridance Capezio Centers Teen and Winter Intensives, and the Intensive Semester Advisor. Recently, Rachel co-directed the first installment of the Choreographic Development Project with Mitsuko Verdery of Michiyaya Dance at Peridance Capezio Center, a week long process of creating original work involving 4 young emerging choreographers, 12 dancers, and 4 faculty mentors performed at Peridance.

    Rachel has worked with Brice Mousset, Calen J. Kurka, Sidra Bell, Jim Cooney -for the Office Max Elf Yourself Ad Campaign and Glamour Magazine, Cara Goodwin - honoring the Wounded Warrior Project at Symphony Space, Emily Greenwell- at the Paul Taylor Theater , Rhapsody James' Sirens After Dark, and the Capezio Ace Awards, Shelly Hutchinson- for the Young Choreographer's Festival, Derek Mitchell- in the Capezio Ace Awards, Carnival The Choreographer's Ball (L.A), Pushing Progress Showcase Series, and a TV promo for Wendy Williams.

    Class Description

    Class is designed to encourage students to embrace the challenges of training. To allow for the development of ones unique artistry and strength as a technically trained, and versatile dancer, story teller, and creator. From start of class to finish, dancers are asked to take risks, explore new ideas within their conversation of movement, and to always continue creating and sharing. Class consists of a 30- 45 minute warm up which includes yoga and Pilates based exercises as well as Gyrokinesis inspired transitions and ideas’, creating a warm up that prepares the dancer for improvisation and phrase work to follow. Phrase work is driven by music from hip-hop to instrumental. It is athletic, intricate, and intrinsic. Because of Rachel’s past experience in theater, hip hop, and jazz, her phrase work varies as far as stylization and vocabulary, Class environment is fun, light hearted, but driven by the desire to understand the body more deeply, and push physical and emotional limits.

                    Week of: Aug 19, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019
    Times Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    1:00PM - 2:30PM           Adv-Inter
    4:00PM - 5:30PM   Inter