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Lorraine "Rain" Stippec’s dance training began in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 2½ with The Professional Dance Center. Her training included Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre Dance, Hip-Hop, Modern, and Acro while attending the studio. Rain began competing at the age of 4 regionally and nationally until she graduated high school in 2009. She has won numerous high score awards and scholarships on the regional and national levels for herself as well as the students she has choreographed for. She began assistant teaching at age 13 and began teaching classes in all techniques to all ages and abilities at 15.  

While growing up, Rain attended multiple intensives, workshops and residencies with artists such as River North Dance Company, The Big Muddy Dance Company, D(n)A Arts Collective, Ballet Master Kirk Peterson, Jeff Hancock, AshleyLiane Dance Company, Mike Minery, Gregory Filler, Jeremy Fullam and many other renowned choreographers at regional and national conventions.  

In the fall of 2012, Rain earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a Modern Emphasis from Webster University (Magna Cum Laude and Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Department Honors). She has performed works by Dance St. Louis’ Artistic Dir., Michael Uthoff, Alvin Ailey’s Alicia Graf, Antonio Douthit and Kirven Boyd, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Heather Brown, Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Maurya Kerr, Diavolo Dance Theatre’s Jennifer Huffman & Omar Olivas, and ABT’s Choreographer Emeritus Antony Tudor (staged by Ballet Master Kirk Peterson and Trustee Sally Brayley Bliss). Along with featured solos in many pieces, Rain was also selected as rehearsal director for Michael Uthoff’s “Hasta La Vista Baby” (2012). Rain has performed and choreographed for Webster Universities Creations Concerts (2010-2013), Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts BFA Concerts (2009-2012), and the Central Region American College Dance Festival (2011, 2013) as well as Dancing in the Streets (2007-2011). Her work has also been presented at the International Human Rights Conference held in St. Louis, MO (2011, 2012).  

Rain has thrived in St. Louis performing professionally at The Muny as well as for The Fabulous Fox Theatre Tellerettes, AnnonyArts and charity performances at the Parkinson’s Foundation Fashion Show and the Variety Club Dinner with the Stars as a Yvonne Meyer Dancer. Theatrically, choreography credits include numerous productions for Contemporary Productions, Bravo Theatre Group, Maryland Heights Theatre, Ciao St. Louis, Insight Theatre, Co., Harvest Theatre, and The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s Fox Kids. Arts For Life has recognized Rain for Best Choreography (2010), Featured Dancer (2008), and awarded her with their inaugural Art Education Scholarship (2012). 

After graduating, Rain toured China performing and choreographing concerts with hip hop group “The Famous Crew” through Sterling Plus Entertainment Talent Agency. Dancing for film, Rain can be seen in CMC Film’s “Le Ballet Quotidien” as Claudius. While working as Webster University's Department of Dance Associate, she taught collegiate level dance classes for dance and conservatory students. She has also returned to her alma mater to set choreography for the annual alumni centered New Works Concert (2019). 

In 2017, Rain became a victim of a random act of gun violence in downtown St. Louis and since surviving to tell the tale of her recovery has performed for EKHO Entertainment (2018), CommUNITY Arts StL (2019), and Angel Band Project (2019). Along with podcast, radio and news appearances, she has been invited as a keynote speaker for numerous events. Rain has also appeared on Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk interviewed by Jada Pinkett-Smith (2020) and national commercial for The CW Network (2021).

Rain continues to pursue a motivational speaking career in conjunction with educating dance students throughout Missouri and Illinois and choreographing within the metro and surrounding areas.