Rachel Sayotovich – Professional Dance Instructor

I have been dancing for the past 17 years. My training began in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and contemporary. From there I began competing regionally and nationally from a very young age, receiving national awards and scholarships for group and solo work. After high school I transitioned into teaching and choreographing shows for theater companies while pursuing a college degree from Marquette University. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and Broad Field Sciences, I decided to continue dancing by trying out ballroom dance lessons at my local Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

The rest is history as they say and I have been with Fred Astaire Dance Studios now for a total of 3 and a half years. My first two years with Fred Astaire were spent competing regionally and nationally as an amateur, becoming a USDC finalist in American Smooth and the USDC champion in American Rhythm and South American Show Dance. The last year and a half has been spent as a professional instructor and competitor, achieving many professional certifications and national champion achievements with my pro-am competitors. My professional dancing achievements include Fred Astaire National Showcase Champion and Fred Astaire National Rising Star Rhythm Champion. As an instructor my area of specialty includes Theater Arts, American Rhythm and Smooth, as well as International Latin.

The most rewarding part of working with Fred Astaire is being able to share my passion and love for dancing with my students. I love being able to inspire students and to see them push themselves and grow after each and every lesson. It is the most rewarding to see students fall in love with dancing and make it a part of their lives. A piece of advice that I have for all students is to dream big. If your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough. You are capable of accomplishing far more than what you can imagine today. Remember that everyone is capable of being a good dancer, but good dancing is not defined solely by technique and performance, it is defined by heart and passion. Dancing is an art and each and every dancer is unique in their expression. Never forget the goal is to not become the best dancer, but to become the best and most expressive version of you. And no matter what, never stop dancing!