Rachelle "Sas" Rak - Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Judges
Rachelle Rak is considered the "Ultimate Broadway Gypsy." Nicknamed "Sas," Rachelle began her dance training at the age of two under the direction of her mother, Rosalene, at the Rosalene Kenneth Professional Dance Studio in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been labeled a Triple Threat on Broadway for her immeasurable talent in dance, singing and acting. Rachelle was presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement in the World of Dance from Dance Educators of America. She has made a huge impact on Broadway and the Musical Theatre community with a few of her impressive credits including lead roles in: "Flashdance" (current), "Chicago," "A Chorus Line," "Catch Me If You Can," "Cats," "Starlight Express," "West Side Story," "Smokey Joe’s Cafe," "Trip of Love," "Fosse," "Thou Shalt Not," "Oklahoma!," "The Look of Love," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Sessions," and "An Evening at the Carlyle."
Rachelle has performed in countless concerts and productions at New York City’s Town Hall and has been a crowd favorite time and again in many Encores! productions. Her talent doesn’t stop at the stage, she can be found on-screen in commercials for eBay™; she played a reoccurring role on the soap opera series "Another World"; and she was featured in the documentary "Every Little Step." Rachelle also performed on the 1999 seasons of the "Rosie O’Donnell Show," as well as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." In addition she is the spokesperson for the Pittsburgh Brewing Company’s I. C. Light and has had the honor of singing the National Anthem at an Orlando Magic NBA Basketball Game.
Rachelle has also lent her talents to many jobs behind the scenes, including the position of Dance Captain for "Starlight Express," America; Assistant Choreographer to critically acclaimed "On The Twentieth Century"; Choreographer for the Fringe Festival show "VOTE," "Evening at the Carlyle"; and she contributed to the choreography for "Sessions." Rachelle co-wrote and produced her CD and Music Videos "SAS/RAK" with Martyn Axe and Daniel Robinson. And this year, Rachelle choreographed for the Norwegian Cruise Line; performed in the "Jack Cole Project"; played Sheila in "A Chorus Line"; worked on the musical "Pippin"; and now she is featured in "Flashdance." In 1993, she earned the title of 2nd Best Performer in a European musical. Rachelle made substantial contribution to the world of musical theatre and dance, plus she is revered as one of Broadway’s most talented performers.
She dedicates this show to the memory of her Aunt Arlene and her father Peter Kenneth Rak.