Rachel Mackie

Classical Ballet & Musical Theatre

Rachel first started dancing at the age of 4, and joined The Robyn Turner Ballet School in Newcastle in 1990.  She studied Classical Ballet in the forms of RAD and BBO completing all exams up to Pre-Elementary, as well as learning Jazz and Contemporary styles.  The studio welcomed Tessa Maunder OAM as Resident Guest Teacher in 1996, and Rachel completed the rest of her major grades and full time studies in the RAD Syllabus and Khorobushka National Character Syllabus under the direction of Miss Maunder receiving Distinction for all National Character Grades, and Honours for her RAD Advanced 2 Exam in 2002.

Her Professional career started at age 15 where she was fortunate to work with a local Contemporary Company in Newcastle in 1999/2000.  In 2003 Rachel changed direction with her dancing and moved to the U.S. where she was able to take part in and be more involved with various Musical Theatre/Broadway master classes, workshops and seminars.  She later joined Carnival Cruise Lines (USA) as a Dancer, where she quickly worked up the ranks to Assistant Dance Captain.  In 2011 she took on the role of Dance Captain full time, in which she was responsible for teaching, casting and directing the in-house productions for the Cruise Line while still performing in the cast.  This in turn taught her many aspects of the Production/Backstage and Technical side of the Entertainment Industry, leading to the role of Entertainment Director (Acting) in 2016, in which she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of Entertainment on board. 

Teaching has played a huge part in her career from the age of 14 when she first started taking students for private technical Ballet lessons, National Character syllabus classes and later choreographing solo/group Jazz and Contemporary pieces for Eisteddfods and End of Year Concerts.  Having this experience gave her an edge professionally and greatly enhanced her ability to help and encourage other dancers on their own career paths, and she continued teaching throughout her professional career while on breaks from overseas.  

After 14 years in the USA Rachel moved back to Australia after retiring from professional dance, and is thrilled to be able to focus on passing on her knowledge and experience to the next generation of dancers.

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