Artistic Director

Rachel Vickrey

Rachel spent her early years on a blanket in the corner of a dance studio watching her parents, Robert Vickrey & Robin Welch rehearse. The Pennsylvania Ballet tour bus was where hours were spent playing with the male company members learning about make up and costuming. Whether she was watching performances at the theater or falling asleep in the aisle while her parents were teaching a ballet, dance was 100% in her genetic make up.

Trained by her parents Rachel excepted her first full scholarship at the age of eleven to Pacific Northwest Ballet and then regularly attended San Francisco Ballet on full scholarship as well. Rachel danced as a company member with Tulsa Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theater renamed Charlotte Ballet, Banff Festival Ballet, Ballet Omaha & Omaha Theater Ballet. On a professional level Rachel was lucky enough to continue working with some of ballet’s greatest names; Suzanne Farrell, Salvatore Aiello, Benjamin Harkarvy, Victoria Simon, Paul Sutherland, Jimmy Capps, Henry Burg to name a few. A highlight of Rachel’s training was when her father introduced her to the famous Lew Christensen founder and then Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet.

Rachel’s love of both ballet and children drew her to becoming a teacher. In 2010 Rachel joined her mother as Co-Artistic Director of Heartland Youth Ballet. In 2014 Rachel took over her mother’s ballet school and became the sole Artistic Director of HYB. Comprehensively trained & certified in Pilates, Rachel was able to add Pilates Equipment training to her students curriculum. Because Rachel studied nutrition, fitness and eating disorders, she was able to enhance her school through her expertise in these areas

Her passion for dance, vast background, deep commitment, love of children, and experiences as a mother, help to make her a favorite teacher for many ballet students.