Where were you born and raised? Buffalo, NY


When did you start dancing and why? I started dancing at age 3 because my cousin Stacey (Friend) was a dance teacher and my parents knew I would love it.


What subjects did you study? Jazz, Ballet, Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary


What do you like to do in your free time? I love to read and hang out with friends and family.


What are your goals for your dance students? My goal for my dance students is for them to grow and learn as dancers and people and to always have fun.


What are your achievements/awards? AP Scholar, National Critics Choice Winner for the dance Red Football, acceptance to UB Dance program, Say Yes scholar at UB


What do you love about teaching dance? I love the feeling of accomplishment I see on my students faces when they learn something new, it's truly the most amazing feeling to watch the students learn how capable they are.


Who was your biggest influence growing up? Stacey Friend


Secret talent? Extremely fast reader


Favorite article of clothing? My lucky yellow scrunchie


Favorite snack food? Cheez-its

RACHEL PANEPINTO

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