Rachel BantaRachel has been dancing since she was five years old; she began her early training with Aubrey Walker (formally from the American School of Ballet) and Jordi Ribera (former principal with the Royal Swedish Ballet). She then trained under various instructors including Mark Erickson,and Susan Clark. (former principle ballerina of Atlanta Ballet & Milwaukee Ballet). While training Rachel was accepted into various summer programs including Milwaukee Ballet and American Ballet Theater. Rachel has enjoyed performing lead roles in The Ballet Studio’s productions of Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Cinderella.

Rachel is excited to begin her second season with San Diego Ballet.

More about Rachel…

Who influenced you most to become the dancer you are today?

If I had to choose just one person who influenced me most to become a dancer, it would be my mom. She took me to the countless ballet classes, bought me too many pointe shoes to count and made it possible for me to continue dancing as a child.

Who would you most like to share the stage with (living or dead)?

If I could share the stage with any dancer, it would be Natalia Osipova because she is a fantastic artist and seems to bring a unique energy whenever she performs.

What goes through your mind just before you perform?

When I am just about to perform, I usually try not to think too much! Instead, I just take a coup!e of deep breaths and try to get into character.

What do you like/admire most about San Diego Ballet?

What I admire most about San Diego Ballet is the fantastic choreography. Every performance I’ve seen has fantastic choreography that is not only fun to watch, but seems like it would be fun to dance as well.