COMPANY MEMBERS

  • Francesca Romo,  Rehearsal Director

    Francesca Romo is a dancer, a choreographer and the Rehearsal Director for CDW. Born in London, England, Francesca trained at The Royal Ballet School as well as London Contemporary Dance School. After a 1-year apprenticeship with Richard Alston Dance Company, she formally joined the Company from 2003–2006 and fell in love with the U.S. after a 6-week American tour. Shortly after, Francesca moved to the U.S. and co-founded NYC-based Gallim Dance. She has toured, created and set Gallim's work nationally and internationally. Francesca is a certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® instructor and currently teaches at Jackson Hole Gyrotonic®.  

  • Heidi Christine

    Heidi Christine was born and raised in Jackson Hole. Her dance training began at Dancers’ Workshop and continued with Peter Pucci, Repertory Dance Theater, The Martha Graham Dance Company and Colorado Ballet. Heidi studied Music Composition at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles and continued to dance and study humanities and sociology in New York and abroad. Her passion for art, dance and music fuel her desire to teach others the joy of creating. She is honored to be in Contemporary Dance Wyoming for another exciting season.

  • Michaela Ellingson

    Michaela Ellingson is a Jackson Hole native and trained at Dancers’ Workshop. She attended the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase in New York and performed work by Doug Varone, Mark Morris and Netta Yerushalmy. Michaea joined the EDge Postgraduate Company at London Contemporary Dance School, culminating in a 2015 European tour with works by Robert Clark and Itamar Serussi. She completed her Masters at LCDS with the creation of her own solo “Circuit.” Michaela has worked with London-based Bittersuite, Flavour and Some, MCDC, and Jackson’s Hole Dance Films. Michaela is certified in Pilates. She is grateful for the opportunity to perform on her home turf for a second time with CDW.

  • Rachel Holmes

    Rachel Holmes began her formal training at the Anneliese von Oettingen School of Ballet and the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated high school early to begin her professional dance career. Rachel attended Ballet Met, Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Joffrey Ballet School, all on scholarship. While living in New York, she continued to train in a variety of dance disciplines. She has had the honor of working with a number of choreographers, touring nationally and internationally. Rachel has taught and set work throughout the U.S., Europe and South America. 

  • Marissa Moeri

    Marissa Moeri holds a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Marissa had the honor of working with acclaimed artists-in-residence Robert Battle and Jeanne Bresciani. Her studies took her to Greece where she performed at Isadora Duncan International Institute in the reconstructed works of Isadora Duncan. Prior to relocating to Jackson, Marissa lived in Boston and performed with SOKOLOW NOW!, Deborah Abel Dance Company, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, Danny Swain Dance Company, and as a guest with Weber Dance. Marissa is grateful for the opportunity to work with Contemporary Dance Wyoming.

  • Luke Zender

    Luke Zender, a Jackson Hole native, is excited to be in his hometown and contribute to the community through dance education and performance. With studies ranging from Debbie Allen Dance Academy to a NYC-based Peridance Conservatory Ballet program (under Igal Perry), Luke has cultivated diverse movement modalities, dancing with Panacea Performing Arts in Los Angeles and Contemporary Dance Wyoming. Through the Dancers’ Workshop artist-in-residence program he has also studied with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and performed in workshop with David Dorfman Dance. Luke has started to research what it means to create and choreograph for himself, celebrating the ideas of gestural movement, performance art and the human condition.

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