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Raquel Cordova (Owner/Instructor) began her ballet training at the age three. After moving to the United States, she continued her studies with Meredith Baylis, former member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. While attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Raquel danced as junior member with Pacific American Ballet Theatre. After high school, she left to NYC with a full scholarship to Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Trainee Program. Since then, she has appeared with Houston's Ballet Forte and danced principle roles such as Dew Drop and Snow Queen with Southern California Dance Theatre, performed with Patrick Frantz's La Danserie, Media City Ballet , Faux Pas Dance Co. ,LA Unbound, CBLA and Earthwalk Dance Co.. She has a Bachelors of Science in IT and currently privately coaches young aspiring ballerinas. She is the Artistic Director for Creations Dance Theatre, Inc. A professional dance company that provides performance opportunities for RDA student and dancers through out Los Angeles. Raquel is active in the community with outreach programs at First Presbytarian Church of Burbank's Youth Group and Young Adult Ministry and the Burbank Boys & Girls Club. Dance helps with healing, inspires creativity and nurtures souls of all ages. Raquel is listed in Dance Magazine's List of Active Women Choreographers (2012) is and represented by CTG dance agency. Some of her students have been accepted into UCSB, UC Berkeley, NYU Tisch, BYU, and Boston Conservatory to name a few. She feels blessed, thankful to God and proud to have coached dancers from 3 years old to adult.
Reach Dance Academy's mission is to provide a positive learning environment to encourage our students to develop a passion and love for dance in both classical and contemporary styles, while building self esteem, confidence, and discipline in a fun yet challenging environment. Our goal is to nurture and coach dancers of all ages on their artistic journey.
Reach Dance Academy produces dancers who are highly trained, creative, and ready to dance in the professional industry. The curriculum is designed to safely challenge students at each level. Students achieve strength, flexibility, technique and artistry through a curriculum program created by Raquel Cordova, Artistic Director, that incorporates elements from Russian (Vaganova Technique) and French schools (Paris Opera Ballet).