rachel, headshot on prairie

Rachel Klapper is a dancer who began her studies and performing career at age 12 in her hometown of Iowa City. Dance studies continued at: Jazz Dance innovator Gus Giordano's school in Chicago; renowned Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Colorado, where Rachel explored musical theatre performing the role of the Narrator in “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat;” Interlochen Arts Academy, where she regularly performed in pieces as varied as “The Nutracker” and a Modern Dance piece featuring a world premier of music by American composer Alan Hovahness, entitled, “Cold Mountain: The Poems of Hanshan.”

Rachel is an Artistry Certified Instructor of BeMoved®, a dance experience that inspires people of all movement levels to fully express themselves through the beauty of dance. She teaches group classes in the Iowa City/Coralville area. Rachel is licensed by the program's founder, Sherry Zunker, to teach all 16 musical genres encompassed by BeMoved such as Latin, Swing, and Bollywood. Each week focuses on a different musical and dance style to keep things fresh and exciting for regular attendees. About BeMoved, Rachel says, “Sherry's choreography is brilliant because anyone can do it—current and former dancers love it, but so do those who've never danced a step.” Come join the movement and let Rachel help you unleash your inner dancer!

Rachel has completed the Balanced Body Pilates Instructor Training Program for Mat, Reformer, and Barre Fitness and is working towards full certification on all the Pilates equipment. Rachel finds Pilates to be an exceptional compliment to virtually any other physical activity because it involves mindful strengthening and conditioning with sound bio-mechanical alignment. She teaches exclusively at Pilates Plus, located at 1210 South Gilbert Street in Iowa City. Visit the schedule page to find the current days/times for all Rachel's public classes, or email Rachel to schedule a complimentary consultation to design your personal fitness plan.

Rachel describes Pilates as a foundational movement system, combining mindful conditioning with sound bio-mechanical alignment. Adding Pilates to our exercise routine—whether on the Mat, Reformer, or at the Ballet Barre—greatly enhances our other physical activities. The strengthening of core, skeletal muscles can improve posture, aid in rehabilitation of acute injury and chronic musculoskeletal issues, and help us achieve a new level of physical fitness. Rachel enjoys sharing this elegant system in public classes as well as in private and small group sessions. For more about Pilates, click HERE.

Rachel teaches exclusively at PilatesPlus, 1210 South Gilbert Street, Iowa City.