AVS Teaching Philosophy


“We at Atlanta Varsity Showdown believe in developing a well-rounded dancer by exposing students to multiple vintage dance styles in addition to a strong foundation in those dance forms.  Through this we hope for students to discover themselves in the dance and be able to truly dance what they feel.  We seek for our students to be in touch  with themselves so that they will be able to genuinely connect with another person.  To this effect, Atlanta Varsity Showdown offers both partnered and solo classes as well as encouraging our teachers to teach with partners and individually.

Dancing is a reflection of life, and it should be done with love.  We hope that by the end of the weekend our attendees will love themselves more and know themselves a little better.”

-Rachel Pitner

REP Dancing Photo

This is Rachel Pitner’s sixth year running Atlanta Varsity Showdown.  She chose to continue this event after the organization that previously ran it folded because she loves dance, and she highly values education.  Rachel believes that without education you begin to die because you are no longer growing. Rachel also believes that dance makes life brighter and happier!    Rachel finds that dance is a tool for self-discovery and self-development, and she hopes that more and more people have the opportunity to embrace it.