October 19, 2015

Bios

Rachel Nace Maynard, President of Inspiration to Movement; Artistic Director of Oyo Dance Company

rachel-headshot-2015-ThumbnailMs. Rachel began her study of dance in 1982. She danced for 11 years in pre-professional companies and danced professionally for one year. Rachel has studied with many companies and teachers throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. Rachel has taught dance to persons age 3 – adult since 1991 and has taught dance at Harcum College. She served as Ballet Mistress for Greater York Youth Ballet and has guest taught and choreographed at regional ballet companies. She completed master teacher John White’s Teaching Program in July of 2003. Ms. Rachel is the Director of the Dance Program at Inspiration to Movement, Inc. She teaches Intermediate and Advanced classes and the Adult Program.

Rachel began her “traditional” Pilates study in 1997 and earned her Teaching Certificate of Completion in 1999. She served as a training teacher for a Teacher Training Program in Rosemont, PA.  In November of 2005 she earned her National Certification from the Pilates Method Alliance, one of the first 200 in the world to complete the test without aid of the study guide. Rachel earned her certificate from the Fletcher Pilates® Comprehensive Program (Formerly the Ron Fletcher Program of Study) in January of 2006 as the first Qualified Teacher in the state of Pennsylvania and on the East Coast. Rachel is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.

In 2006 Rachel began studying ballroom dancing. In 2009 Mrs. Maynard moved to Ohio to dance professionally, with her now husband, Adam Maynard. Together, in a very short amount of time they have won many titles.

In 2015 Rachel Nace Maynard decided to embark on a journey to create a Professional Contemporary Company based in Columbus, OH.  Her hope is to raise the awareness and technical proficiency of local dancers and attract dancers from all around the country to perform original Oyo Dance Company works as well as works by nationally known choreographers.