STUDENT AND PROFESSIONAL DIVISION INSTRUCTOR
Rachelle Brooks began her ballet training in 1995 with the Rocky Mountain Ballet under the direction of Connie Burton. While there, Rachelle grew into soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Paquita. In 2007, Rachelle went on to dance on scholarship at Utah Valley University to pursue a BFA with an emphasis in ballet. While studying at UVU, Rachelle’s initial performance opportunity was with Repertory Ballet Ensemble where she danced for two seasons. Rachelle went on to dance professionally in 2009 with Utah Regional Ballet, now Utah Metropolitan Ballet, under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge. During Rachelle’s six seasons on the company, she enjoyed the challenge of learning and performing the diverse repertoire, which included both classical and contemporary works. Rachelle also loved the opportunity to work with excellent teachings and choreographers including: Jacqueline Colledge, Heather Gray, Brittnee Squires and others. Rachelle was promoted to Principal dancer in 2010. Some of her favorite roles to perform include: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Wendy in Peter Pan, Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Cinderella in Cinderella, and Coquette in La Coquette. Other notable works include: Legend of Timpanogos, Coppelia, Walpurgisnacht, Carmina Burana, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and excerpts from Don Quixote and Swan Lake. Rachelle began teaching ballet in 2007, spending much of her time teaching in studios across Utah Valley. Rachelle went on to teach exclusively for Jacqueline’s School of Ballet in 2011, with the exception of teaching as adjunct instructor at Utah Valley University beginning in 2015. Over the past 16 years, Rachelle has loved teaching and sharing her passion for ballet technique and pointe with students of all ages and skill levels.