Pole dancer. Lover of movement exploration.
Noted by United Pole Artists for her "ethereally beautiful pirouettes, glides, twirls," and "unbeatable footwork", in the 2015 article, Fundamentals for Fluidity, Rachele has spent a large part of her time in pole refining and cultivating the art of dancing in heels.
She views the heel as an extension of the leg, that can elongate lines, and aid in creating intricate tracing patterns and illusions. Mentioned again by United Pole Artists in the 2015 article, The Anatomy of A Platform Heel, as one of their "favorite heeled dancers" with the "ability to make heel movement something ethereal", she showcases some of her technique here, in Moonshine.
Rachele began teaching at the studio she took her first pole class in, Teaze Dance & Fitness of OKC. A former college student in the dance program at UCO, with sights changed to a degree in psychology and philosophy at OU, she missed the release of movement. Within one month of her first class in 2011, she was putting up an X-pole in her living room.
She titled in her first competition, Miss Pole Dance Oklahoma, in 2013, and went on to compete throughout 2014. Winning MPDO sent her straight to the 2014 Pole Championship Series held as part of The Arnold Sports Festival, a first for pole dance. She knew she needed to further her training elsewhere as part of her preparation, and so she made the trip to Nashville, TN to attend Alethea Austin's first Sexy Flexy Camp. That was the first of many trips. It was there that Rachele began to develop the poise, confidence, and movement that would define her flow.
Since then, she's had the honor of traveling the country performing, judging, and teaching.
More recently, Rachele has started branching out into the aerial arena, training lyra and straps. Hand selected in 2015 to compete on the big stage at Miss Pole Dance America, Rachele was invited back for the 2016 show. Shortly after, she finished her degree and moved across the country, spending six months in Seattle, WA, working with the team at Emerald City Trapeze Arts.
Now, loosely based in Norman, OK, she specializes in teaching heel work and technique, spin pole technique and flows, exotic sequences, and competition prep with select students. When she is not training or coaching, she travels the country teaching workshops, competing, and performing.