ROCHELLE MARIE HAYNES is a native of Dallas, Texas, where she began her dance training at the age of three. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Miss Haynes continued her dance training in Philadelphia while attending college at the University of the Arts, where she received her BFA in modern dance. While in college, she trained under Pat Thomas, Milton Meyers, Ruthie Andrien, Wayne St. David and Andrew Pap, just to name a few. Rochelle also studied at The Dance Theater of Harlem and Dallas Black Dance Theater.
Miss Haynes performed at the Merriam Theater and The University of the Arts Dance Theater during her years of college. She also performed with Freedom Theater on many occasions. Such performances included, Black Nativity, Alkynza Dance, and The Barrymore Awards at the Annenburg Theater.
Rochelle joined Tap Team Two and Company as a principal dancer in 1997 where she traveled throughout the United States teaching the history of tap and promoting tap dance as an American art form. Tap Team Two was able to promote their show, “Hoofing In America”, through an organization called Young Audiences. In 2000 – 2001 Young Audiences named Tap Team Two as Artist of the Year. She has been teaching tap throughout the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area for over 20 years. Rochelle has also taught master classes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, New York and Prague, Czech Republic. She is currently in her seventh year as the Guest Artist in Residence at Moravian College. Miss Haynes has been on faculty at the University of the Arts since 2005. She taught the tap classes at the Summer World of Dance for two years, Pre-College Program and at the High School Dance Festival which was held at the University of the Arts. Rochelle was the Tap choreographer for five years for the Garden State Dance Festival.
Miss Haynes has studied with and taken classes from the Masters of tap for over 14 years. Her studies have taken her within the United States, Brazil and Prague, Czech Republic. She has been fortunate to perform in the Philadelphia area for over 19 years and has taken the stage with tap greats Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Nicole Hockenberry, Germaine Ingram and Dorothy Wasserman of the movie TAP. She performed the choreography of Germaine Ingram in “Danceboom 2005”, Philadelphia Folklore Project’s “Dance Happens Here” 2006 and 2008, the “Tap Extravaganza” in New York City, and at the University of the Arts in 2005 and 2008 which were special tribute performances to the late great LaVaughn Robinson. In 2011 she had the wonderful opportunity to perform original choreography of Bill BoJangles Robinson and Charles “Honi” Coles of the Copasetics in New York at the Symphony Space Theater. One of her favorite performances was “Prague-DC-Philly” in Prague, Czech Republic.