This class is taught by:
Francesca Romo is the Contemporary Dance Wyoming Rehearsal Director and often teaches special workshops at Dancers' Workshop.
Fran started working with Dancers’ Workshop in 2014 as a dance instructor. She was born in London, England and trained at the Royal Ballet School as well as the London Contemporary Dance School. After a one-year apprenticeship with Richard Alston Dance Company, she formally joined the Company from 2003–2006. In 2007, Fran co- founded Gallim Dance, a New York City-based company whom Dancer’s Workshop hosted various times from 2012-2014. She has toured, created and set Gallim's work both nationally and internationally. Fran is a certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Instructor and currently teaches at Jackson Hole Gyrotonic. Fran is a company member and Rehearsal Director of Contemporary Dance Wyoming.
Eric Midgley is the Ballet Master and School Director at Dancers' Workshop.
Eric Midgley began his dance career in 1979, performing throughout western Canada and the Pacific Northwest with the Veselka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble. In 1989, Eric graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division before joining Ballet Florida in West Palm Beach. In 2001, he joined Ballet Austin and remained there until 2008. Performing an extremely wide repertoire, he has danced principal roles in classical and contemporary repertoire in Canada, the US, France, Scotland, Slovenia and Italy. Eric brings a widely varied background in design, music, and dance to the studio and the stage. He has choreographed over twenty original works for a wide range of companies from ballet, to folk and modern dance. He has created score edits, original compositions, sound, lighting, and projection designs and served as production manager and stage manager for dance performances for over 20 years. With 30 years experience as a teacher, he brings his diversity to bear in the studio. He teaches ballet, pointe, character, men’s class, variations, repertoire, and partnering. His accessible and functional approach to movement is at the root of his teaching style.
Rachel Holmes is a former member of Elisa Monte Dance, a New York City based company. Rachel began her formal training at the Anneliese von Oettingen School of Ballet and the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, OH. Rachel went on to study at Ballet Met, Dance Theater of Harlem and the Joffrey Ballet School all on scholarship, and has continued to train in a variety of dance disciplines in open classes throughout New York City. She has had the honor of working with choreographers Andre Zachery and Joe Celej, and touring nationally and internationally with the Kai Kweol Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati, Joan Miller’s Dance Players, Elisa Monte Dance, NY2Dance, and Mazzini Dance Collective. Ms. Holmes has set works, taught master classes, workshops, and privates classes in the US, South America and Europe. Rachel teaches Jazz and Ballet to youth at Dancers' Workshop as well as instruct for DW's outreach to other Wyoming communities.
Ballet students advance through a carefully developed curriculum designed to teach students the highly technical language of ballet, emphasizing correct alignment, strength, flexibility, balance, grace, focus, discipline, musicality, and self-expression. Pointe is introduced in the Intermediate/Advanced level when students are evaluated by their instructor and physician and determined physically ready for this addition. A minimum of two years of previous ballet training is required. Students on pointe are required to take two ballet classes each week.