Faculty & Staff
Owner, Studio Director, Team Director
Teacher (All Styles)
Rachel Vierck-Amie (who's initials are our namesake) began her dance training in 1993 and never stopped. She grew up an award winning competitive dancer, training at various studios around Baton Rouge, and was a 3-year member of the Catholic High School Bruinettes Dance Team. She graduated from Louisiana State University with two bachelors' degrees in Mass Communication and Theatre Performance. At LSU she performed and choreographed with the LSU Dance Ensemble, Legacy Dancers, LSU Theatre, and led the LSU Tap Ensemble. Training highlights include: Broadway Dance Center in NY, The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, Disney Dancin' Program at Walt Disney World, Parsons Dance Company Summer Intensive in NY, learning Crystal Pite repertory through a KiddPivot intensive at Peridance Capezio Center in NY, The Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School at the University of Buffalo, with Debbie Allen, Thelma Goldberg and other notable industry leaders. Performance highlights include Walt Disney World, halftime for the New Orleans Saints, Just Dance with Debbie Allen, and the Parsons Dance Summer Showcase, in addition to work in film and regional theatres. Rachel has danced professionally with Emmy Award winner Heidi Malnar's company Theatre on Tap, Dance Collective Baton Rouge and Of Moving Colors Contemporary Dance Theatre under the Artistic Director of Garland Goodwin-Wilson. She has taught with programs across south Louisiana, including Saint Joseph's Academy, St. Luke’s Episcopal School, The Manship Theatre, Arts Council of Baton Rouge and various studios. She has trained dancers that have gone on to be accepted into Joffrey Ballet, as well as college dance programs, and some now dance professionally in concert dance companies. She is a certified dance educator through Dance Masters of America, certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and a member of the National Dance Educators Organization. She is also an active board member of Dance Masters of America’s 37th Chapter, Dixie Association of Dance Teachers.
Teacher (Primary, Tap, Leaps & Turns/Stretch & Strength)
Assistant Director of Annual RAVE Revue
Chelsea Morgan, a New Orleans area native, comes to us with over 25 years of dance experience. Chelsea received her teaching certificate under the direction of Shantel Robeaux in Belle Chasse, LA. In 2013, she graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with minors in dance, physical theatre, theatre and business administration. While attending LSU, she performed in several LSU Department of Theatre shows and was a member of the LSU Tap Ensemble. Chelsea loves to teach about nutrition education and the importance of movement as the Community Impact Director for the American Heart Association. She continues growing her teacher knowledge, experience and certifications online through the CLI Studios Teacher Program. Through CLI Studios, she has become certified in Stretch & Strength, Injury Prevention and Choreography. This will be her seventh year on the RAVE teaching faculty. She has been a part of our Company as a production assistant since we opened RAVE.
Teacher (Little Movers, Hip Hop)
Assistant Director of Team Program
Madolyn Brumfield began her dance training at the Center of Performing Arts (COPA) under the direction of Jeanne Bonaventure. Following the closure of COPA, she trained The Coda under Stephanie Faucette, Micaela Coner, Kendall Keating and Rachel Vierck-Amie, and continued training under Miss Rachel, Miss Kendall and faculty when The Coda became RAVE Performing Arts Company. She was a member of the RAVE competition and performance team for five years and lead the team as team captain. Through the team, Madolyn attended many conventions and competitions where she won high score awards, judges awards, and scholarships, in addition to being named runner-up for Miss Dance of Dixie through Dixe Dance Masters, a Dance Masters of America affiliate. She has had the privilege of receiving special training from Heidi Malnar (Emmy winning choreographer and director of Theatre on Tap), Susan Perlis (Associate Director at Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre), and Jacie Scott (Radio City Rockettes, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders) to name a few. Madolyn was a 4-year member of the Central High School Kittens Dance Team where she served two years as Team Captain and won standout dancer awards through both American All-Star and UDA. She worked under Miss Rachel as an assistant teacher for four years and is very excited to enter her third year as a teacher on faculty. Madolyn is currently attending LSU where she is majoring in Education with a minor in Dance. Madolyn is training in the LSU Dance Department under the direction of Claudio Ribeiro and Susan Perlis. In addition to teaching at RAVE, Madolyn is also coach and choreographer for the Central High Kittens dance team and is dancing professionally with Baton Rouge's premier contemporary dance company, Of Moving Colors Productions, under the Artistic Direction of Garland Goodwin-Wilson.
Teacher (Ballet, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary)
Kendall Keating has become one of the most well-established dance instructors in Central for over a decade, having started teaching at the Center of Performing Arts (COPA), then transitioned into The Coda and now RAVE. Kendall began her dance training in Central at BREC in 1998 and then moved over to the Center of Performing Arts where she experienced most of her training under Jeanne Bonaventure. She competed with the COPA dance troupe for 8 years having won numerous awards. Ms. Kendall was also a proud member of the Central High School Kittens Dance Team for 3 years, and she has choreographed for Central High School Musical Theater Productions as well. Ms. Kendall continued her dance education at Louisiana State University while completing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and eventually a Master’s in Business Administration. She taught dance for the after-school program at St. James' Episcopal School, as well as through Louisiana's premiere modern company Of Moving Colors Productions "Kick It Out" program. She is also a founding member and performer with Dance Collective Baton Rouge. By day, Ms. Kendall works at La Printaniere Montessori School as an assistant teacher in the Primary Program. In her free time, she enjoys eating, reading, and impromptu dance parties with her 4-year-old son, Dean and 2-year-old daughter, Margot. Ms. Kendall has been a part of RAVE since the beginning. After taking a brief hiatus, she is back this season to share her sparkle with us.
Teacher (Ballet, Contemporary)
Cassandra Soniat-Boyd graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Fine Arts degree and a Minor in Dance and previously attended LSU where she was a 2-year member of the LSU Dance Ensemble. At age 16, Cassandra was accepted to the American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive Program in Los Angeles. In 2011, she became a member of the Cangelosi Dance Project Ballet Ensemble. By 19, Cassandra was teaching Ballet and Contemporary at various studios. Cassandra is art teacher in the Central School System and served as head choreographer of the Central High Kittens for 2 years. Cassandra now dances professionally with Baton Rouge's professional contemporary dance company, Of Moving Colors Production, under the Artistic Direction of Garland Goodwin-Wilson. She has attended the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School in New York and is certified by test through Dance Masters of America. She is also an active member with DMA's 37th Chapter - Dixie Association of Dance Teachers. She is excited to continue into her 7th season at the studio share her passion for dance with the students of RAVE!
Teacher (Acro, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Leaps & Turns)
Alaura Cervini comes to us from New Orleans, and grew up training at Rhonda Edmonson’s School of Dance, NOBA and Ballet Hysell. Alaura has already become established as an outstanding choreographer, most notably choreographing the title-winning solo of the National Teen Miss Dance of America and opening numbers for the Louisiana Association of Dance Masters. Alaura received an Honors diploma in Dance at Southeastern Louisiana University, with minors in History and Contemporary Choreography. There, Alaura has worked as a student choreographer for the dance department, specifically for the Dance Performance Project. With the Southeastern Dance program, Alaura has choreographed works that have attended the iconic American Dance Festival and American College Dance Association (ACDA) Conference. Alaura graduated in the Fall of 2021 but continues to collaborate with the SELU dance program and was invited to choreograph and perform for SELU's 1st annual Alumni showcase in Fall of 2023. Alaura has attended the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School in New York and teaches based on the DMA syllabus. Alaura is excited to be teaching at RAVE for a third year and to working in the RAVE office as a desk attendant and office assistant.
While Stephanie is new to RAVE, she is no stranger to the dance scene in Central. Coming to us with over 15 years of teaching experience, Stephanie formerly co-owned The Coda dance studio. Does that name sound familiar? It's because The Coda was the studio that eventually led to the opening of RAVE Performing Arts Company!
Stephanie began her dance training with Jeanne Bonaventure at The Center of Performing Arts in her hometown of Central, Louisiana. Following her high school graduation from St. Joseph's Academy, she went on to Louisiana State University where she trained and performed under distinguished Baton Rouge dance educators such Molly Buchmann, Susan Perlis and Dina Melly in the LSU Dance Program and with Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. She later became a professional company dancer with Of Moving Colors Productions under the artistic direction of Garland Goodwin-Wilson. In the past, she has choreographed works for the LSU Dance Ensemble, Of Moving Colors Productions and has also created award-winning numbers for her competitive students. Professionally, Stephanie has attended classes and workshops at Dance New Amsterdam and Peridance Capezio Center in New York City. Stehanie holds a bachelor's degree from LSU in English and a master's degree in Education. Stephanie also holds a teacher certification through American Ballet Theatre's teacher training program. By day, she is a high school English teacher at St. Joseph's Academy. When she is not teaching, Stephanie is enjoying quality time with her two little boys Jack (5) and Wes (3). This is Ms. Stephanie's first year with RAVE Performing Arts. She is so excited so see some familiar faces and meet so many new ones in her ballet classes.
Madison Ingrassia joined RAVE during her 15th year of dance training and officially became a teacher on the RAVE a few years later. She grew up training in Prairieville at A Dancer's World until her family relocated to Central. Madison was formally a member of the Central High School Kittens Dance Team where she competed for American All Star and UDA. She has previously worked at RAVE as an assistant teacher and then trained in the Co-Teacher program by Mrs. Rachel guided by the DMA syllabus. She recently graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and a minor in dance. She trained in the LSU Dance Program under Susan Perlis and Claudio Ribero. Madison was a member of Phi Mu sorority - where she also danced on their Songfest team and served on their Executive Board. 'Miss Maddy' is excited to continue teaching at RAVE for another season while getting her Master's degree at Southeastern Louisiana University.