Trenton Youth Dancers director Rachel Schwartz, Princeton University Class of 2018, is an artist, dancer, designer, and educator based in NYC. Since graduating, she has been pursuing both her own artistic practice and a career in education. In addition to TYD, she currently works at The Quad Manhattan, an extracurricular program for twice-exceptional students, meaning kids who are talented/gifted and possess learning differences such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Previously, she has taught with girls empowerment organizations, such as Curious Jane Summer Camps in Brooklyn, Groove With Me, Inc., in East Harlem, and Art as a Catalyst for Change, a NYC initiative that brings anti-gun violence messaging and opportunities for creative expression to middle and high schools with high incidences of gun violence. Based on these experiences and her study of dance pedagogy at Princeton, she has developed a teaching style that is kind, compassionate, fun, and rigorous. She believes that dance and choreography have the power to help young people develop personal agency and access powerful modes of self-expression. She is honored to be a part of the TYD team.