CONTEMPORARY DANCE WYOMING "UP CLOSE"
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Thursday Jun 29, 2017 - Friday Jun 30, 2017

Dancers' Workshop proudly presents our resident modern dance company, Contemporary Dance Wyoming, in a collaborative concert featuring diverse works from four dynamic choreographers. 

Up Close is an evening designed to share a more intimate experience with the audience, seating members on stage for the performance. Each newly envisioned work is created with a commitment to experimenting with and embracing art in an illustrious way. 

The evening includes works by DW Artistic Director Babs Case, CDW Rehearsal Director Francesca Romo, and guest choreographers Gina Patterson and Dan Walczak. Contemporary Dance Wyoming combines the disciplines of dance and visual arts to showcase the artistry, athleticism and strength of their ever-evolving ensemble.

Works in Collaboration with the Dancers

UP CLOSE

Opening Night

JUNE 29

THURSDAY, 8PM

The Center Theater, Stage Seating


Two Show Times Friday
 

JUNE 30

FRIDAY, 6PM & 8PM

The Center Theater, Stage Seating
 

BUY TICKETS HERE

$35 Adult
$25 Student
plus $2 Box Office fee
 
Tickets through the Center Box Office online or 307.733.4900 

 

THE COMPANY

 

Babs Case, Artistic Director

Heidi Christine, Dancer
Michaela Ellingson, Dancer
Rachel Holmes, Dancer
Marissa Moeri, Dancer
Francesca Romo, CDW Rehearsal Director & Dancer
Luke Zender, Dancer

Learn more about the Company members

 

UP CLOSE CHOREOGRAPHERS
 

Babs Case, CDW Artistic Director
Babs Case is artistic director of Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson, Wyoming.  She has performed, choreographed, and taught modern dance throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America. She attributes her multidisciplinary approach to dance to her professional affiliations with the Harry Partch Foundation and Company, Richard Landry of the Philip Glass Ensemble, and Lincoln Center Institute and Obie award winning actor Bob Berky. She was the founding director of The Center for the Arts in Stuart, FL for 12 years.  Babs is a past beneficiary of National Endowment for the Arts funding and a two-time recipient of both the Florida and Wyoming Fellowship Awards for Choreography.  In 1992, she was awarded an Indo-American Research Fulbright fellowship to study dance, theatre and visual arts in India. As an educator, Babs has taught at universities throughout the U.S. and offers multidisciplinary residencies in schools and workshops for at-risk youth. In 1999, she moved to Wyoming and formed Wyoming’s first modern dance company, Contemporary Dance Wyoming, which tours regionally performing lecture demonstrations in schools and formal concerts for the public.  Most recently her contributions to the arts were recognized by receiving the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole Award for Creativity in 2009, and by receiving the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award for 2013.

Gina Patterson, Guest Choreographer
During her long career as a principal artist, Gina Patterson was known as a versatile, consummate performer, dancing with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin, Ballet Florida, and as a guest artist around the world. Her passionate dedication to a lifetime in the arts has given her extensive experience in all aspects of the field. Ms. Patterson has created over 90 original works, including 11 full-evening productions, winning international acclaim and such honors as the Choo San Goh Award, a nomination for an Isadora Duncan Award, the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition, New Choreographers on Pointe, and the National Choreographic Initiative. Her works appear in the repertoire of more than 20 companies including VOICE, Nashville Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin, Richmond Ballet, Dayton Ballet, BalletMet, and DanceWorks Chicago and have been presented internationally in Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Spain. Original creations, the Emmy-winning Liquid Roads for MADCO, and her contemporary adaptation of Romeo and Juliet for CoDa21, continue to tour domestically and internationally. Ms. Patterson educates young artists of all ages through her work with Interlochen Arts Academy, Point Park University, Goucher College, the University of Iowa, and Ballet San Angelo among others. Since 2009, she has been the artistic director of VOICE, and continues to inspire through her work as a choreographer, leader, educator, and creative artist.

Francesca Romo, CDW 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®.  

Dan Walczak, Guest Choreographer & Dancer
Dan Walczak is a dancer, performer and teacher based in New York City. He spent the majority of 2008-2014 working intensely as a core member of Andrea Miller's Gallim Dance where he had the opportunity to participate in the creation of multiple world premieres and to perform at prestigious venues such as the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Joyce Theater, New York City Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chutzpah! Festival, Theatre National de Chaillot and other venues across Europe, Canada and the United States. He has taught at universities and conservatories such as the Juilliard School, Tish School of the Arts, Barnard College, Montclair University, University of Tulsa, Columbia College of Chicago and Connecticut College, among others, and often works with Brooklyn based youth dance program, Dancewave. Walczak was also a faculty member of The Performance Arts Project in 2016. Now a freelance artist, Walczak has worked with MADBOOTS DANCE, LoudHoundMovement, Terndrup/Belchum Productions, Patricia Noworol Dance Theater and continues work with Gallim Dance. 

 

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