(August 10, 2018)— The English and Humanities Division at Hagerstown Community College recently announced that dancer Liz Fink-Rakoski has joined HCC’s dance department as an adjunct faculty member.
At HCC, Rakoski will be teaching jazz and beginning ballet courses, exposing students to current jazz dance trends and upholding traditional ballet standards.
“Liz is a wonderful addition to HCC,” said Alyssa Little, assistant professor of dance at HCC. “She is a conservatory trained dancer and will be able to pass on that expertise to our students. She has also worked extensively in the field and can offer insight in transferring to a four-year school, and working in the business.”
Rakoski is a professional dance educator, choreographer, and performer. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance from Shenandoah Conservatory, where she was a recipient of the Excellence in Choreography Award. Rakoski previously taught dance at the University of Delaware for three years and has been a guest artist at Washington College, Harford Community College, Howard Community College, and HCC. Additionally, she has danced professionally with Alternative Dance Project and The Doniphan Project, and toured internationally with InterTOUR Dansa in Spain and France. She has also served as a board member and president of the Maryland Council for Dance Festival.
Currently, Rakoski teaches at 24/7 Dance Studio in Frederick and Elower Sicilia Productions in Thurmont.
“My focus is on creating a comfortable yet inspiring atmosphere for my dancers, which allows them to grow as technicians and artists,” said Rakoski. “I push the creative boundaries in my teaching and choreography through the use of a diverse range of exploration exercises, resulting in innovative movement and partnering.”
To learn more about HCC’s dance program, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/dance