About the Dancers and Other Artists
Rachael & Douglas Platt II
(artistic director/choreographer/principal dancer&soloist)
Although Rachael began dancing as a child, she knew that God was calling her to dance while attending NYSUM (New York School of Urban Ministry as part of Elim Bible Institute) in New York City. She danced on the "street" of Broadway for the purpose of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. She was able to see first hand how God uses dance to touch the lives of others. Rachael earned her BPS (Bachelors of Professional Studies) in Dance Performance with a concentration in Ballet and in Modern from SUNY Empire College. While there, she studied privately under Tammy Clark, an ex-principal ballerina from the Texas Ballet Company,
under Rebecca Carter Morningstar, and under Meggins Kelly. She also studied under other prominent modern dancers and choreographers, such as Ada Shedlock and Christine Fendley. Rachael is and has been the artistic director, main choreographer, and a soloist of the professional company entitled Pointes of Faith Dancers, Inc. (POF) since its beginning in November of 2000. In 2004, the Pointes of Faith Dancers, Inc. received a New York State Council on the Arts Grant. Rachael also founded the Turning Pointe Dance Company while in college. Through the POF and The Turning Pointe Dance Company, Rachael has professionally written, choreographed and danced in over 45 full length dance concerts throughout New York, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Rachael is the artistic director and teaches for the Steps of Faith Dance Studio (run by the POF) located in Lyons, N.Y. Rachael has also often been the guest speaker for different Christian organizations where she ties in Biblical themes and/or her testimony, with dance. She first danced professionally and choreographed for the Park Avenue Dance Company located in Rochester, N.Y.
Douglas Platt II
Douglas Platt II
(dancer) Douglas made his professional debut with Pointes of Faith Dancers, Inc. in " ‘The Shulamite Woman’ and Other Works” in April of 2003. Mr. Platt has received extensive professional ballet & mordern dance training through the Pointes of Faith Dancers, Inc. and is the perfect choice for “romantic” pas de deux partnering with Rachael, his wife. Doug holds an AS in Engineering Science from SUNY at Alfred and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from RIT. Mr. Platt is the Technical Sales and Support Director for RAM Optical Instrumentation.
Rebecca Carter Morningstar
Mr. Rabson received his masters and bachelor degrees in music composition from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composers William Bolcom and Leslie Bassett. Before attending college, Jonathan studied with Samuel Adler who at the time was the chair of the composition department at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Rabson won a number of awards for his compositions at an early age including an award from BMI when he was 14. Jonathan has composed music for piano, string quartet, violin, flute, brass quintet, euphonium, organ and a number of pieces for orchestras. Jonathan composed "Autumn Leaves", "Scene from an Old Japanese Print," "Peaceful Moment", "Night Rhythms," "An Ironic Sonatina," and "The Parable of the Pharisee and Publican" among other works. His compositions entitled "Arise My Love ", "Shell Game Rag" and “Bird Song” were all composed specifically for the Pointes of Faith Dancers, Inc.'s repertoire.
(company dancer, soloist & choreographer)
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Rebecca began dancing at the age of 2. She graduated from the School of the Arts and continued her training at SUNY Brockport and SUNY Purchase, where she received her BFA in Dance, specializing in Choreography of Literature. In 1994, she founded the Morningstar Dance Company and was awarded several grants by the NY Foundation of the Arts. Rebecca opened, in 2000, the Morningstar Dance Center, a dance training center with its own theater. In 2002, Rebecca founded a 2nd dance company, entitled “Real Dance” for large dancers only. During her career as artistic director, Rebecca created more than 20 full length contemporary ballets. In 2006, she began a leave of absence from teaching and choreography. Ms. Morningstar has been with the Pointes of Faith since July of 2006. She is also currently dancing with Kelly Leach’s dance company from Rochester.
(company dancer & soloist)
Ms. Clarke came to Rochester in 2002 because she had joined Garth Fagan Dance. She continued to dance with this company for 4 ˝ years giving worldwide performances and racking up excellent reviews almost every where she went. Around a year ago, she broke away from Garth Fagan to continue her performing arts career through dancing, choreographing and teaching for different companies. She considers her life a journey that will eventually take her home to be with her Heavenly Father. Her goal is to be obedient to Christ on a daily basis and to use her talents to glorify Him. Keisha joined up with The Pointes of Faith Dancers, Inc. after having been asked to audition and to check them out. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts and she has trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Circle in the Square along with having had acting and vocal training. She also has started her own dance company called “Shine Your Light”. Other choreographers besides Garth Fagan that she has worked with are Lula Washington, Donald McKayle, Jaimie Rogers, Tina Yuan, Maura Townsend/Project 21 and Bernard Gaddis. She performed in the original Los Angeles cast of The Lion King and was in a couple of California Arts New Plays Festivals. She appeared in the movie Malcolm X as a 60's era dancer and had a guest appearance on the Jay Leno Show.
Keisha Loren Clarke
Rachael & Douglas Platt II