PASSIONATE, GRACEFUL AND FLAWLESS
Originally from Derby, Kansas, Rachel’s dance training began at the age of three. Dance has continued to be a passion in her life ever since. Throughout high school, she was a member of her high school dance team while also participating in competitive dance with her dance studio. In addition, she trained in ballet with Jill Landrith with the Wichita Metropolitan Ballet Company where she performed in THE NUTCRACKER. She also trained with Sharon Rogers in a summer intensive in ballet at Friends University. Her love of hip-hop dancing led her to an audition with a hip-hop company where she earned a spot as the youngest dancer in the company. Her passion for dance followed her to Kansas State University where she continued her training in hip-hop, tap, modern/lyrical, ballet, jazz, and West African dance. She also performed in the Kansas State University Dance Show. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at K-State. She hopes to further her education so she can pursue a career in secondary education or special education. Rachel has participated in dance intensives across the country with TOP Dance, LA Dance Force, Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders, and Tremaine Dance Company, to name a few. She has studied with Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs; Laura Donnelly and the Alexander technique; Roni Mahler, choreographer of modern dance; Bernard Woma, choreographer of African dance; choreographer Wade Robinson from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE; Jason Janas from TAP DOGS; Mary Dew; Pamela Bolling; Adrieene Canterna; Carrie Lockyn; Dustin Phillips, hip hop choreographer for music videos; and many others along the way. After being recruited by an international choreographer and training with him for a semester, she earned the opportunity to dance with a talent search company in Hollywood, California. For seven years, Rachel taught ballet, lyrical/modern, tap, jazz, pointe, and hip-hop at a dance studio in northeast Kansas. Rachel’s choreography for her dance team and her meticulous training regarding dance technique have resulted in her students receiving countless awards in the competitive dance circuit. She has established a reputation for her success in training students for high school and college dance tryouts, NFL tryouts, and for her choreography for various types of performances. As she teaches dance workshops in studios across the nation, her strong work ethic, her high expectations, and her passion for dance are transferred to her students. One of her most rewarding experiences has been her volunteer work whereby she has taught dance to at-risk students in a middle school in northeast Kansas. Whether in a dance studio or in a middle school gym, Rachel has found that dance provides her with a means of mentoring her students and encouraging them to be the best they can be in whatever they pursue in life.
PERFECTION, GOAL SEEKING, AND HUMBLE
Get ready to be dazzled by the grace and flawless movements of Grayson Temple.
Grayson’s humble personality would never tell you how talented he is. His talent started with teaching himself how to tumble in his own backyard. Can we say fearless! He has cheered for about five years and has coached tumbling and cheer for 3 years. He competed in NCA Nationals in Dallas, TX as well as NCA Midwest Championship in St. Louis, MO where he took first place. After recently graduating in 2016 he decided to make his way to Wichita State University and continue his talents at Cheer Eclipse, on the Senior 5, which is the highest level of competitive cheer. Cheerleading is Mr. Grayson’s biggest passion and the reason of who he is today. .
PATIENCE, CREATIVE, AND ACHIEVER
Coming from an extensive background in tumbling & gymnastics we’re thrilled to have Ms. Jen as an essential member of Empire Performing Arts Center. The combination of experience, talent, and caring personality makes her one incredible staff. Don’t miss out on her compassionate personality for youth.