Rachel Benzing, a native of Chicago, began her dance training at Copeland Dance Academy studying the Cecchetti School of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Modern. She established herself as a teacher and choreographer at Copeland Dance Academy and Ambition Dance & Performing Arts while also a member of Xtreme Dance Force, Hip Hop and Jazz companies. She has attended numerous Tap Festivals including the Chicago Human Rhythm Project where she won the Summer World Tap Competition, the American Dance Festival Winter and Summer programs, Ledges and Bones Summer Workshop, and BODYTRAFFIC workshops. Rachel has vigorously trained under the instruction of dance artists in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and London, England and has been privileged to perform works choreographed by Barak Marshall, Jessica Harper, J.T. Horenstein, Kevin Williamson, Tony Czar, Paige Porter, Denise Leitner, Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, Jesse Zarrit, and Lillian Barbeito, ranging in various styles. Rachel attended Loyola Marymount University (May 2014) where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and a second Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Rachel is a recent graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (December 2016) with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Dance: Creative Practice. Rachel currently lives in Chicago, where she teaches dance throughout the Chicagoland area, and continues to pursue her own artistic process and creation of work.