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Interview by Voyage Magazine, March 3, 2019
“Thanks for sharing your story with us Rachel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my business in 2010 in the middle of a divorce and going through the financial aftermath that came with it. I literally only had a backpack, my dog and a beat-up Nissan Sentra with a liquid nail glued on side view mirror to my name while sleeping on a friend’s couch. The business itself originally started as me teaching a few private lessons to make a little bit of extra money and quickly grew into a decent sized studio within less than six months. From those small beginnings, I now have a staff of five instructors and one office manager, an awesome clientele, married an amazing guy and have two gorgeous little girls.”
Travis Hairgrove, Herald Banner November 20, 2018
“The candy man can, and he did, when Dance Prodigy Studio’s production of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” earned $4,600 over its four-day run to be donated to the Greenville Independent School District’s special education program.
This year marked the studio’s fifth winter charity ballet. In years past, the studio has raised money for non-profit organizations that have included Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH), United Way of Hunt County, and Women in Need.
In regard to the studio choosing GISD’s special education program as the beneficiary of this year’s charity ballet, the studio’s owner, Rachel Arnold said, “We have experienced and committed teachers who are working their tails off to help our local kids succeed.
“These dedicated teachers are going into work every day despite the fact that they did not receive a raise last year due to the GISD financial deficit,” Arnold continued. “My hope is that the money raised from this ballet can help the special needs program at the Greenville High School grow.”
When Arnold founded Dance Prodigy Studios, she built it on a belief of teaching students about more than being great dancers, so she decided to support local non-profit groups, food pantries, families with a genuine need and local school district.”
Travis Hairgrove, Herald Banner November 4, 2018
“Oompa loompa doompety doo, you can watch ballet and give to charity, too.
The colorful, playful parable of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” is coming to Greenville’s Texan Theater, Nov. 7 to Nov. 10, as Dance Prodigy Studio’s production for its 5th Annual Charity Winter Ballet.
This year, proceeds from the charity ballet will go to Greenville Independent School District’s special education department to fund enrichment projects for the students. In years past, the studio raised money for non-profit organizations including Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH), United Way of Hunt County, and Women in Need.”
Travis Hairgrove, Herald Banner January 30, 2018
“A pair of teenage twins from Point were both accepted into the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet 2018 Summer Intensive in Washington D.C. after auditioning Jan. 13 in Fort Worth.
Lane and Makennah Ward are both pre-professional ballet students at Dance Prodigy Studios in Greenville who have performed in numerous stage productions of “The Nutcracker” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Special to the Herald Banner December 19, 2017
“This year’s ballet raised $8,325 which will all be donated directly to FISH.
“There is nothing like being able to pull together as a community for a great cause like Hunt County Shared Ministries FISH.,” Arnold said. “Over the years, this ballet has become such a powerful impact on our dancers by helping them become better community leaders and make a positive impression on our community. I am so proud of these dancers being able to raise almost as much from one show as we have in the past three years. This was also my 2- year-old daughter’s first performance and I am so proud of her. This will be an amazing memory to share with her as she grows up about how she was able to help donate that amount of money.”
Interview by Voyage Magazine, September 20, 2017
“Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Arnold.
Rachel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all started about 23 years ago at the age of 9 when I told my parents that I wanted to be the first female professional football player in the offensive line or quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys or the Green Bay Packers. My parents were not especially keen on the idea with my petite frame and projected maximum height of 5’3. My mom, Pam Holland, signed me up for dance lessons at a small studio in our hometown of Anamosa, Iowa using the incentive that football players took ballet to help with their form on the field. My dream of football morphed into teaching dance after I attended my first ballet lesson. I was not particularly talented in the dance genre but I come from a long line of people who believe in hard work.”