Performances & Events
Contemporary Dance Wyoming presents an Annual Summer Concert of new works by Artistic Director Babs Case, Company Members and Guest Artists.
Contemporary Dance Wyoming, Wyoming's only professional modern dance company, is comprised of your hometown, professional dancers. They are your dance and fitness teachers at Dancers' Workshop. They are directors of the myriad programs offered at Dancers' Workshop. Come see your friends and instructors do what they are passionate about.
"Dancing is music made visible." - George Balanchine.
Contemporary Dance Wyoming Members
Babs Case, Artistic Director
Lindsey Briggs, Dancer
Cady Cox, Dancer
Michaela Ellingson, Dancer
Kate W. Kosharek, Dancer
Heidi Ramseur, Dancer
Francesca Romo, Dancer and CDW Rehearsal Director
Luke Zender, Dancer
About Our 2016 Performance
Dancers’ Workshop presented an evening of bold, original works by Contemporary Dance Wyoming during this summer's June 2016 concert.
Contemporary Dance Wyoming revealed innovative pieces that showcase the strength, athleticism and artistry of the ensemble. Works included choreography by CDW Artistic Director Babs Case in collaboration with the dancers, CDW Member Kate Kosharek and NYC-based visiting artist Troy Ogilvie.
Contemporary Dance Wyoming shared the program with New York City-based guest artists Manuel Vignoulle of Manuel Vignoulle-M/motions and Rena Butler of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Prior to June 2016, Rena and Manuel were last in the studios of Dancers' Workshop in 2015, in process for the new work Black & White that they premiered here in Jackson at CDW's Annual Summer Concert.
Black & White is a strong and tender exploration of harmony in supposed opposites - color, sex, darkness and lightness, femininity and masculinity internally, yin and yang. "It is about how we find that one blends with the other, and how we are not so white and not so black but a mix between them," Vignoulle told JH News & Guide.
In Collaboration with Guest Artists
Rena Butler, Dancer
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Rena has danced with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, David Dorfman Dance, Mettin Movement, as a guest artist with Luna Negra Dance Theater, and for Manuel Vignoulle-M/motions. She has been featured in FORMA magazine, Refinery29.com, The Dance Enthusiast, Jordan Matter's Dancers Among Us and Dance Magazine. She began her studies at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studied overseas at Taipei National University of the Arts, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Her choreographic work has been featured on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School's BFA students, The Joffrey Ballet School in New York, in the Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC, and CHTV Stories television program in Switzerland. Rena is a dancer, artistic collaborator, and choreographer based in New York. She is supremely grateful to be a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. To learn more about Rena: Watch documentary trailer for Find Your Voice
Manuel Vignoulle, Dancer & Choreographer
Founder of Manuel Vignoulle-M/motions and formerly of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) and Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland), Manuel Vignoulle has been assistant choreographer for Alvin Ailey (New York), Het Nationale Ballet (Netherland) and State Theatre (South Africa). He has been commissioned by Ailey II, Whim W’him, Satellite Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Periapsis Music & Dance, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Steps Repertoire Ensemble and others. Manuel has performed his work own with Manuel Vignoulle - M/motions at Jacob’s Pillow, Fire Island Festival, Bryant Park (New York), Monterrey International Ballet Gala (Mexico), The Dance Gallery, Pushing Progress Showcase Series, WestFest and The Latin Choreographer and in France, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil and USA. To see more of Manuel's work: www.manuelvignoulle.com
Troy Ogilvie, Choreographer
Troy has danced for and collaborated with choreographers Andrea Miller, Sidra Bell, Gabriel Forestieri, Idan Sharabi, Itzik Galili, Shannon Gillen, Margie Gillis, Austin McCormick, Harumi Terayama, Malcolm Low, Patricia Noworol, and Belinda McGuire; musician Liv Heym; theater company Punchdrunk; and director Peter Sellars. She was a member of Gallim Dance (2008-2012), where she was an original cast member of many of the company’s pioneering works, rehearsal director and taught Gallim Dance master classes at Wesleyen University and Skidmore College. Before performing as Lady Macbeth in Punchdrunk's "Sleep No More" (2013-2014), Troy toured internationally with the LA Philharmonic, performing the role of "Mary" in Peter Sellars' "The Gospels According to the Other Mary," composed by John Adams. She collaborated with violinist Liv Heym in "Music in Dialogue with Movement" (2013), creating a duet inspired by tango and tarantella. Additionally, she has been working as a solo artist since 2008, performing solos by Sidra Bell, Itzik Galili, Margie Gillis (as a member of the The Legacy Project/Le Projet Heritage), Shannon Gillen, Austin McCormick, Andrea Miller, Idan Sharabi, and Harumi Terayama. Troy is a Founding Collaborator and was Program Manager of the Movement Invention Project (Artistic Director, Alexandra Wells) from 2009-2013 and is the Assistant to the Artistic Director of Springboard Danse Montreal. A native of New Jersey, Troy began dancing with ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater and graduated from The Juilliard School in 2007. To learn more about Troy: www.troyogilvie.weebly.com
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