Rachel Maria Lepera-Martelle
Rachel is an accomplished dancer, instructor, choreographer and adjudicator with over 25 years of dance experience.
As well as being the Co-Studio Director of “Pulse Dance Works Inc.” in Markham-Toronto, Ontario; Rachel is also an award winning and accredited freelance fashion designer, who also manages the design department for a major international clothing manufacturer.
Following the B.A.T.D., C.D.T.A. and R.A.D. syllabai, Rachel continues to instruct and choreograph in ballet, jazz, strength & flexibility (a.k.a. stretch), tap, acrobatics, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre, song & dance and social dance. Rachel is also a certified "Strip To Fit" instructor in fused dance and fitness - burlesque dance.
As a former competitive dancer herself, Rachel competed extensively in Canada and the USA for many years, winning numerous awards and scholarships. Rachel has attended several workshops and ongoing she continues to pursue and further her dance education.
Rachel also has over 15 years of instrumental and vocal music experience and training. Over the past years, Rachel has taught many forms of dance and choreographed & performed in musicals such as "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat", "My Fair Lady", "Little Shop of Horrors", "The Sound of Music", "Oliver" and "The Little Match Girl". Rachel has also choreographed movement for a children's choir and excerpts from "Music Man". She also toured Northern Ontario performing in the musical production of "The Sound of Music" where she played one of the leading roles, Elsa Schraeder.
Some of Rachel's former students have gone on to land careers as a Toronto Argonauts Cheer Leader, a pop singer, TV actor and musical theatre triple threat.
Rachel is known for her unique style of teaching and for her outstanding and original choreography in many dance disciplines. She strives to inspire dancers to continue working hard to meet their goals and to continue to grow as performers.