Native Destin, Florida local, Rachel Prescott, received her early classical ballet training with Mrs. Bernadette Clements Sims, founder of our notable Northwest Florida Ballet. Rachel moved up the ranks to become an esteemed company member under Ballet Mistress Mrs. Dorothy Daniels Lister, former company member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and head of the Children’s Department at the Robert Joffrey Ballet Company’s official school, American Ballet Center, for 25 years.
She has performed a large variety of roles in productions such as The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Giselle, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere and Cinderella among many other classical and contemporary works locally with NFB and Northwest Florida State College, and beyond.
An extensive and notable modeling career with Elite Model Management moved her from her hometown to New York City and Los Angeles, where she continued her dance training with Steps on Broadway, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Westside School of Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Throughout her career, Rachel has also been cast as a dancer in several music videos, SAG/AFTRA national television commercials and network live awards shows through her agencies.
In 2015, Rachel returned to the Emerald Coast of her youth with her husband and young daughter. Upon moving back to Destin, finding weekly classes to take with her father proved to be problematic. Unable to find a solution, Rachel began teaching adult ballet classes twice a week, and fell in love with teaching. The rest is history.
In October 2020, with the help of her contractor sister, Rachel’s dreams and life mission were realized as she opened studio6twenty5 at 625 Harbor Blvd in Destin. (Her father now has has an adult ballet class three days a week.)
Staying true to her mantra “Ballet is for Everyone”, Rachel teaches a wide range of classes and workshops at local studios, schools and within a variety of programs. Rachel is a legacy member of Destin Woman’s Club, and sits on the Advisory Board at Destin School of the Arts.
Shaye Smith began her classical ballet training at just 2 years old with Birmingham Ballet Academy, where she continued training throughout her childhood and teenage years. She has performed classical roles with Moscow Ballet, Washington Ballet and Alabama Ballet, as well as in The Nutcracker on Broadway in New York City.
Her performance repertoire includes Coppelia, Swan Lake, Hansel and Gretel and many more.
Additionally, Shaye also competed at a state and national level with her high school dance team, and went on to work for - and judge for - the prestigious Universal Dance Association.
Through the opportunities with UDA, she performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and at Halftime of The Cotton Bowl.
Shaye attended Auburn University and studied modern, ballet, choreography, dance history and rhythm tap with the dance program. She performed in many dAUnce productions as part of the Dance Program under the Auburn University Theatre Department.
A longtime educator, Shaye began teaching ballet in college and has been teaching ballet, lyrical and jazz styles for over 10 years.
She has been an official judge at both local and regional level dance competitions, as well as dance team auditions.
Shaye currently serves on the artistic staff at Verve Dance Company.
Haley Blaise began studying ballet in Portland, Oregon at
Oregon Ballet Theater. She also studied on full scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Academy and The Portland Ballet, where she received training from influential teachers Patricia Brewer-Jones, Nancy Davis, Carol Schults, Elizabeth Guerin and Robert Guitron. Mrs. Blaise has performed roles in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Raymonda, Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Dennis Spaight’s Ellington Suite and Gloria, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, and John Clifford’s La Boutique Fantasque to name a few.
Mrs. Blaise began her teaching in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From there she relocated to Pensacola, FL to teach at Ballet Pensacola in the academy and performed as a Soloist in the resident professional company. Mrs. Blaise was invited to Virginia School of the Arts intensive programs as a guest instructor and was later hired as Ballet Mistress. As a member of the VSA faculty, she contributed to restructuring the ballet program and staging ballets. Haley returned to Portland and joined the Polaris Dance Theatre company and to start a family. While back in her home town she also continued teaching for Polaris Dance Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Bodyvox, DanceFusion NW, The Portland Ballet and Reed College.