A recent graduate of Mercyhurst University, with a B.A. in dance and a minor in psychology, Gnatowski has began her professional career by guesting with the Albany Berkshire Ballet during their Nutcracker tour. A native of Mount Airy, Maryland, she began her dance training under the direction of Joyce Morrison at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet. There she was given the opportunity to perform such roles as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Big Swan and a princess in Swan Lake, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. Rachael was also named a Maryland All-State Dancer while performing as a member of the Urbana High School Dance Company under the direction of Stephanie Weigelt. She furthered her dance training attending summer intensives at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, North Carolina School for the Arts, the Kansas City Ballet School, and the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. As a member of the Mercyhurst Dancers, Rachael was fortunate to perform Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, set by Cameron Basden, and 6-1 by Martin Lofsnes. Rachael was also given the chance to perform with the Lake Erie Ballet, the Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre, and the Bayhawks Dance Team, allowing her to work with artists such as Thom Clower, Alethea Bodine, and Holly Anderson.