Meet the Hearts Behind the Mission
Salt and Light Dance Studio was established in 2016 by Rachel Fuchs-Payne who wanted to create a faith-based dance school in Duluth.
She has taught many different dance styles, worked with students with physical and cognitive disabilities, is passionate about teaching dance to people living with Parkinson's disease, and believes that dance is for everyone.
Rachel has 17 years of classical ballet training with three years of professional dance experience. She has been teaching for a combined total of eight years for students in the area, previously at The Minnesota Ballet and currently at Salt and Light Dance Studio.
Rachel Fuchs-Payne | Founder & Teacher
Brianna began dancing at the age of four and hasn’t stopped. She holds a BA in Dance from St. Olaf College where she studied dance technique, performance, theory, and choreography. During her six years of teaching dance, she has instructed and created work for dancers ages three to 65.
She generated jazz, tap, and modern dance curriculums for Reif Dance and taught ballet with Broche Ballet in Denver, Colorado.
Brianna has choreographed for productions like Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book for Reif Dance, Cabaret and The Toxic Avenger for the Underground Theater, and The Wizard of Oz for the Duluth Children’s and Family Theater.
She enjoys performing and creating with the Duluth dance community through the Duluth Playhouse and "Dances on the Lakewalk." Brianna’s dance journey brings her joy and humility, which she hopes to share with students.
Jenny grew up near Eau Claire, Wisconsin and has been dancing all her life.
She studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop at En Avant School of Dance for 12 years. She did competition dance for four years on her high school dance team, as well as led and choreographed for the team as the captain her senior year.
She continued dance with Attitudes Dance at the University of Minnesota Duluth and began taking classes with the Minnesota Ballet.
Jenny has performed and choreographed with "Dances on the Lakewalk" for three summers.
She is excited to have the opportunity to teach and explore dance at Salt and Light Dance Studio!
Like many other young girls, dance was one of the first activities Kallia ever tried! She started dancing at three and later moved onto gymnastics at seven.
Kallia has been teaching/coaching kids for the past four years and loves the connections she gets to make with kids as she sees them grow and flourish!
Kallia has been a dancer in Evergreen Dance Company for the past two years. She can’t imagine life moving forward without dance in it! This year, she will be attending the University of Minnesota Duluth to minor in dance and can’t wait to get started at Salt and Light!