Rachel Santos

Rachel has been dancing since age five and has been performing in musical theatre since age 13. She has studied jazz, ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, and folk dance. In addition to choreographing for the dance stage, Rachel has choreographed for competitive roller and ice skaters and for the musical theatre stage. In 2003, she graduated from San José State University in California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with a minor in Musical Theatre. There she earned the Haws Award for Excellence in Performance.

In October 2010, Rachel began her Pilates training through Studio Praxis in Montreal, QC.  She successfully completed the training and examination to become a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor for Matwork, Levels 1 & 2 (Essential/Intermediate & Advanced) and earned her full STOTT PILATES® certification in June 2013 (with an impressive 97% score!).  In February 2012, she completed the GROOVEmethod™ Instructor training course. In April 2019, she completed the certification course to become a Hot Booty Ballet teacher.

In May 2022, Rachel enrolled in the Real Pilates (classical Pilates) teacher training program, hosted by Espace Pilates in Montreal, QC. Real Pilates was created by 2nd generation teacher, Alycea Ungaro, and it is one of the most rigorous and respected programs in the industry, requiring over 600 hours of practical and academic study. Rachel graduated from the program in March 2023.

Her Montreal teaching and choreography credits include Powell School of DanceBroadway Academy WestmountLa Vie en Mouvement (ensemble La Fantaisie), and Ballet Allegro International.  She is available for choreography, including wedding first dances, and for teaching workshops. Please contact Cadance for rates.

Rachel is also a barre fitness, Pilates, and dance instructor at Les Studios.  Book your class or appointment with Rachel at Les Studios (Quartier des Spectacles). You can also book private lessons for Pilates, barre, dance, and special projects with her directly through Cadance.

Pilates teacher performing Stott Pilates Side Bend exercise