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Williamsport grad to dance with St. Louis Ballet

July 13, 2010|By HEATHER LOWERY
  • This photo is one that Rachel Doub used when auditioning with ballet companies this year.
Submitted photo,

WILLIAMSPORT -- Rachel Doub says she will get paid to do what she loves as a member of the corps de ballet of the St. Louis Ballet.

Doub, a 2007 graduate of Williamsport High School, began dancing at the age of 7, but it has not always been a passion for her. According to Doub, her mother tried to get her involved in dance at the age of 3, but she was not interested.

"My mom danced and then tried to get me into it when I was younger, but I didn't actually want to do it until I was 7," she said.

So what made Doub change her mind?

"My mom kept taking me to see 'The Nutcracker' every year, and then one year I just decided that I wanted to do that," she said.

After graduation from high school, Doub attended the Joffrey Ballet School in New York for two years.

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"That was really scary because I'm from Williamsport and it's small, so that was new," she said.

Doub, 21, recently completed studies as a Joffrey Ballet trainee in Chicago.

"I got lots of opportunities to perform at different places in New York, like the New York City Theatre, and they started a training program with the Joffrey Ballet School in Chicago. Some of us went to audition there, and so I spent a year there and got a lot better," Doub said.

She auditioned across the country from January into May, she said.

"I was traveling basically every weekend. I went to all the different cities, basically because you have a better chance if you go audition at their facilities than if you go to an open audition," she said.

Doub recently was offered a job.

"I just recently got an e-mail from St. Louis Ballet. I finally get paid to do what I love," she said.

Dancing professionally will keep Doub on her toes.

"We have a ballet class in the morning and then we'll just rehearse the rest of the day. It's like six hours of dancing," she said. "We do four productions a year, between September and June."

Even though Doub is excited about her new career, she is a little apprehensive.

"It's my first time being in this, professionally. So I'm a little nervous about that," she said.

Doub's parents, John and Tracy Doub, are proud of her accomplishments.

"She's worked very hard and has dedicated her whole life to this," Tracy Doub said. "I didn't dance near to the level that she's dancing, but I just hope that some of my love for the art and passion for it might have rubbed off on her as a child."

Rachel Doub will leave at the end of August for her professional season with the St. Louis Ballet.

"I've been dancing since I was 7, so 14 years now. It's like the only thing I ever wanted to do," she said.

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