Rachel Sutphin began her dance training at the age of 3 in her hometown of North Wilkesboro, NC under the direction of Canipe School of Dance. In 2009 she graduated with honors from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies and a minor in Theatre. While at ASU, Rachel performed with the North Carolina Dance Festival, Appalachian Dance Ensemble, and North Carolina Dance Alliance, as well as choreographing for the North Carolina Dance Festival.
She was accepted in to the prestigious Certificate Program at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School and moved to New York City after college. Rachel has had the privilege of dancing with several contemporary companies and performing as a featured dancer and soloist all throughout New York and New Jersey. She also enjoyed working as an assistant choreographer and dance captain for several events, including showcases at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Rachel has always had a passion for teaching. This passion has allowed her the opportunity to teach for many studios across the east coast, as well as Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan. In 2013 she moved back to the Carolinas to continue sharing her passion with the next generation of dancers. Rachel is currently the co-owner of Absolute Dance Competition and Summit Dance Company, as well as a current board member for Dance Masters of America's Chapter 15.
Meet Our Owners!
Eric Sutphin began his dance training in Asheville, NC at the age of 5. As an amateur, he won many titles including Junior Mr. Dance of North Carolina. Eric has been a professional dancer since 2001, as well as a dance instructor, choreographer, and adjudicator. He is very versatile and loves to share what he feels is a God given talent for all phases of music and performing. In addition to dancing, Eric is an accomplished drummer and guitarist. Eric began his professional carrier at age 19. He danced and played guitar for Celebrity Cruise Lines, entertaining thousands of people in dozens of countries onboard the M/V Mercury and the GTS Millennium. He returned stateside to perform on the General Jackson Showboat in Nashville, TN. From 2004 through 2012 Eric was the feature dancer and rhythm guitarist at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC. He has also choreographed for the major production of “One:The New Show”. Eric is now the co-owner of Absolute Dance Competition and Summit Dance Company, as well as a current board member for Dance Masters of America's Chapter 15.
Eric & Rachel