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Ms. Yinger joins Roanoke City Ballet after dancing professionally with Columbia Classical Ballet. She trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy, and Greater Dover Dance Academy. She spent summers training at Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet NY and Moscow, the Rock School for Dance Education, Kirov Academy of Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. During the summer of 2013, Ms. Yinger was one of fifteen Americans selected to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia under an NSLI-Y full scholarship. She was later invited by the Academy to continue training in Moscow as a full time student. Rachel competed in YAGP and was invited to compete in the 2014 Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition. Ms. Yinger has performed with three professional companies including Columbia Classical Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine. Some of her repertoire includes The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Le Corsaire, Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, and The Sleeping Beauty.