Rachel Anne Wurman is the Administrative Associate for the Language of Dance Center. She is certified in stage two Language of Dance (LOD) fundamentals as well as certified through Dance Educators of America and is a DEL Foundations graduate. Ms. Wurman taught, directed, and choreographed for Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and her classes were featured on NBC’s Weekend Today, CNN, Univision, and Tavis Smiley. At Sinatra, she taught musical theatre dance techniques, dance and musical theatre histories, and motif writing for the Dance Department. She also directed the Musical Theatre Program for two years and choreographed for this program for three years.
Ms. Wurman has served as the Manhattan Dance Coach for NYC Teacher Effectiveness in the Arts since the programs inception. In the past, Rachel was on the Framing Committee for NYC TE/Arts, led NYC DOE Professional Development as a Facilitator in Dance, and proctored/adjudicated the NYC Department of Education (DOE) Arts Achieve dance assessments. She served as the E-communications board committee member for the National Dance Education Organization for 2 terms. Rachel proudly received the first ever New York State Dance Education Association K-12 Award in 2014. This master teacher is one of only four whose curricula was selected and purchased by the 92nd Street Y's Dance Education Laboratory in partnership with the NYC DOE to mentor new dance teachers on curriculum planning and writing.
While at NYU, Rachel performed and taught with the Kaleidoscope dance company and performed at numerous NYU Concerts. She was Co-President for the Student Chapter of NDEO and was awarded the first ever NDEO Student Scholarship in 2004. Rachel was chosen teaching assistant to Dr. Rima Faber and research assistant to Dr. Edward Warburton. Upon graduation, Rachel was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education Graduate Program award. After graduation, she directed and developed the curriculum for the PS 163 dance program for which she was featured in The New York Times.
Her professional career began after graduating from Syracuse University when this actor, singer and dancer performed and choreographed for many theatres in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, including Salt City Center, Salt Works, The New Works Festival at City Theatre and the Penn Avenue Theatre for The Club, named best choreography of 2000 by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. She performed in R&B artist Michael Ashanti’s music video, appeared in numerous commercials and television shows, and earned her SAG/AFTRA card. Rachel completed Luigi’s Technique and Style intensive and the Simonson Method of Teacher Training. Ms. Wurman is currently implementing her curriculum, and working as Dance Educator and Choreographer for the dance program at PS 11 in Manhattan.