Rebecca J. Ritzel is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a master's of art journalism from Syracuse University, where she studied dance with Tony Salatino. Rebecca has written about dance for The Washington Post since 2008, interviewing major contemporary choreographers and serving as the paper's performing arts columnist from 2014-2016. Other outlets that have published her dance writing include City Paper, Dance Tabs, Fjord Review, the News & Observer, Slate and Virginia Living.
At the top of the line, dancers have plenty of quality footwear options to choose from, and in most metropolitan areas, stores to go try them on. But for many of North America's most economically disadvantaged dance students, there has often been just one option for purchasing footwear in person: Payless ShoeSource.