Rochelle Rapaszky |
Immediate Past President
Rochelle Rapaszky began her dance training at the age of seven in her hometown of Fallbrook, CA and continued at Ballet Society of North County, under the tutelage of Jacqueline Hepner-Thurston. She received her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, in 2007. In the same year, Rochelle joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a teaching artist, and continues in that roll presently. She would later hold positions as Marketing Assistant, Community Education Programs Assistant, DanceChance Coordinator, and Summer Enrichment Coordinator. In 2015, Rochelle returned administratively to PNB as Education Programs Coordinator. Additionally, Rochelle was Lead Instructor at Maple Valley School of Ballet from 2007-2016. From 2010-2015, Rochelle was Resident Choreographer for 127 th St. Dance, for which she created 12 full-length works. She also served as mentor, producer, and choreographer for Collective Sigh Dance (2015-2016). Rochelle became President of Dance Educators Association of Washington, a state affiliate of National Dance Education Organization, in 2016. She continues to choreograph in Seattle, and most recently created work for The Place Between, a Seattle Immersive Theater production. Gifts of War was her first evening length theatrical choreographic production, alongside director Gin Hammond, with whom she will be collaborating with again for The Westerbork Serenade. Rochelle thoroughly enjoys the fine arts of teaching, choreographing, and making dance accessible to the community and has attended training workshops with foundations such as TAT Lab, Dance Educators Association of Washington, Arts Time, VSA Arts Institute, and Creative Dance Center of Washington. She has been invited to teach and choreograph for REACH Student Dance Group, daCi, Kaleidoscope Dance Company, and Youth America Grand Prix. Rochelle holds awards from San Diego Dance Alliance and Cornish College of the Arts.