Rachel Elkis was a student at L’Etoile from 2009 until her graduation with honors in 2018. She performed in the Nutcracker since her arrival at the studio, with prominent roles as Clara and the Snow Queen. Her other lead roles include Dulcinea from Don Quixote, the Four Swans in Swan Lake, and Puss-in-Boots from Sleeping Beauty. In 2012, she won Top 12 in the Pre-Competitive Division of the Youth American Grand Prix in Philadelphia and also won 3rd Place at the World Ballet Art Competition in 2014. She is a currently a full-time student at Barnard College of Columbia University studying Economics and Environmental Science.