Rachel Miscenich-Catanzariti began her training in New Orleans with Leila Hallar at age of four and continued with Harvey Hysell and Vincenzo Celli in the Cechetti Technique, with Natalia Krassovska in the Vaganova Technique and Barbara Forbes from the National Ballet of Canada School. She received extended training with the North Carolina School of the Arts and the San Francisco Ballet School. While still a student in New Orleans, Rachel won first place two years consecutively at the Jefferson Performing Arts Competition.
She enjoyed an international career touring extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Taipei, while performing Soloist and Principal roles with the New Orleans Ballet, the Jackson Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Basel Ballet of Switzerland, and Bejart Ballet Lausanne in a wide-ranging repertoire from the pure classics of Petipa, to the more contemporary works of Balanchine, Paul Taylor, John Butler, Nils Christie and Maurice Bejart.
After returning to the States in 1992, Rachel was principal guest artist with the Uptown Dance Theatre, the Portland Ballet, North Shore Civic Company, and Boston Dance Company.
Over the years, she has taught at various schools in the New Orleans, Boston and South Shore areas, including Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.
Early in her career, Rachel sought out and worked with Maggie Black and Finus Jung in New York to discover a more organic approach to ballet. This perspective helped sustain the original motivation for beginning dance so many years before, the love of movement and the freedom found within the discipline of ballet. This passion continues to influence her teacher’s mission today… to guide each student toward perfecting his or her technique, while always beginning from, and returning to, the liberating joy of dance.