Rauch joins staff at U.P. Dance Academy

KINGSFORD – Doni-Mae B. Rauch of Quinnesec has joined the staff at U.P. Dance Academy in Kingsford.

She started her lessons with Mary Vanderhoff in the 1950s in Skowhegan, Maine. She was part of several groups that appeared on Maine television talent shows, including Youth Cavalcade, Spotlight on Youth and Talent Spotlight.

In addition, Rauch was involved in baton twirling at an early age, winning numerous trophies at statewide competitions and eventually becoming one of the head majorette trio for the Indians football team.

Under the trio’s guidance using dance technique, the majorette squad became the first kick line in Maine history

She continued tap, ballet and jazz lessons with Bradley Adams from 1968; she was an assistant teacher at his Farmington, Maine studio for a number of years. She opened her own schools in the 1970s and taught all manner of disciplines.

Her studio groups performed in a number of charity shows including the annual MDA telethon on WMTW-8.

For a brief time she was the dance instructor for a local gymnastics team.

She was a member of Maine Dance Teachers.

Rauch’s style includes Al Gilbert technique and the “Rockette” show styles. She retired from dance instruction in 1981, but continues to appear on stage for reunion shows for Brad Adams.

She is excited to bring her style, knowledge and love of the sport to U.P. Dance Academy and its dancers.

Kathrine Trempe opened the studio in 2012. U.P. Dance Academy is located at 1000 West Breitung Ave. in Kingsford.