Entrepreneur & Choreographer
Rwanda – July 2008, December 2009, November 2010
Guinea – December 2010, November 2011, January 2012
Bosnia-Herzegovina – July 2009, August 2011
Joined field trips before official launch.
Rebecca has choreographed and taught in Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guinea and the United States. She was classically trained in the Russian Vaganova method of ballet and received a degree in choreography from The Saint Petersburg Conservatory under the tutelage of Nikolai Boyarchikov (former Artistic Director, The Mussorgsky Ballet). She is a two-time Fulbright scholar and summa cum laude graduate of Temple University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship. She holds a Masters of International Relations with a concentration in Peacekeeping from American Military University. In 2010, she was awarded the Carl Wilkens Fellowship from the Genocide Intervention Network.
Rebecca has appeared on The Melissa-Harris Perry Show, given two TEDx talks, and been a guest speaker at several universities, including Brandeis and Princeton. In 2014, she gave presentations at the Pan-African Film Festival, United Nations Film Festival, and Fulbright’s International Institute of Education Seminary.
Over the last two years, Rebecca’s work has been featured in many publications, including: Dance Studio Life, The New Times (Rwanda), Dance Magazine, and Dance Teacher Magazine.
In 2015, Rebecca received Dance Studio Life’s “Generous Heart Award” and was selected as the Greater New York City’s Fulbright Alumnus-in-Residence for her work involving arts, technology and education in conflict zones. Rebecca is the Founder and Director of MindLeaps.