Columbus Modern (CoMo) Dance Company is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
Board of Directors
Kelsey Morozow (President, Board of Directors) started her dance training in ballet under the Royal Academy of Ballet syllabus at a small studio in the Las Vegas Valley. Kelsey moved on to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) where she studied Modern, Ballet, and Jazz along with dance history, pedagogy, music theory, production, lighting, and choreography. During this time, she worked with guest artists and faculty such as Louis Kavouras, Margot Mink Colbert, Ernesta Corvino, and Richard Havey among many others. Kelsey graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Human Services Counseling. After moving to the Columbus area in 2012, Kelsey performed in the Locality 2012 Bus Tour Dance Festival. In Fall 2012, she co-founded the Columbus Modern (CoMo) Dance Company with Laura Puscas. Kelsey has administrative experience in higher education and currently works at Ohio Dominican University.
Renie Viola (Board of Directors) began her dance studies as a young child in eastern Ohio, under the instruction of Cathie Provan. There she studied tap and jazz technique, choreography, and dance education. She then went on to study dance intensively at the Ohio State University under Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, Tere O'Connor, Karen Elliot, and many other amazing dance artists. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from OSU in 2004, Renie moved to New York City, where she danced and choreographed for Grove Dance Theatre from 2005-2008, performing on stages all over NYC. She also continued her studies with such artists as Irene Dowd, KJ Holmes and Barbara Mahler. In 2008 Renie took a hiatus from dance to nurture a recurring spine injury, and to focus on completing her Yamuna® Body Rolling certification. She was lucky enough to study directly under Yamuna Zake, founder of Yamuna® Body Sustainability, and completed the curriculum in 2008. This led Renie to another calling: teaching others how to care for their physical selves, which she has been doing ever since. In 2013 Renie returned to Columbus and to her first love of dance. She is honored that CoMo Dance Company has given her the privilege of doing so. Renie serves as Company Yamuna Instructor.
Jessica Wheeler (Company Manager & Dancer Representative to Board of Directors) is from Knoxville, Tennessee and began her dance training at the age of 12. She danced with her school’s dance team and was trained in jazz, modern, ballet, and pointe at the Academy of Dance Arts studio. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in both dance and mathematics from Radford University. While at Radford, she performed in various department shows, including the Nutcracker and Cabaret. She also had multiple choreographic opportunities while in college, including directing and choreographing an honor’s capstone project. After college, Jessica moved to Columbus to work on her Master’s degree in mathematics and has continued dancing through ballroom and social dance, and in classes at BalletMet. Jessica is currently teaching math classes in Columbus.
Laura Comana Puscas (Executive Director) was trained in modern dance technique and ballet in St. Louis, MO by Todd Weeks and Jennifer Reilly of Modern American Dance Company (MADCO). While attending the University of Notre Dame, Laura completed the Saint Mary’s College Dance Minor program along with additional study in theatre, composition, and improvisation to earn a Certificate in Dance. For four years, Laura worked as an initiator for the art of dance at Notre Dame, founding a unique, immersive student modern dance company and campaigning at all levels for dance education. In 2011, Laura earned a BBA in marketing from Mendoza College of Business, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
During school and after graduation, Laura worked in nonprofit arts administration and gained valuable experience working for companies including BalletMet, MADCO, aTrek, and NY2Dance. After moving to Columbus in 2011, Laura served as a committee member and commissioned artist for the Locality 2012 Bus Tour Dance Festival, part of the city’s bicentennial celebration. In Fall 2012, she co-founded the Columbus Modern (CoMo) Dance Company with Kelsey Morozow Burbrink. For several years, they ran the Company as an LLC partnership as the organization grew and developed. In December 2015, CoMo transitioned to a nonprofit corporation and was granted 501(c)3 status. Laura served as the Director of CoMo & CoMo II when our second company was founded in 2016, before transitioning CoMo II to the leadership of company dancer Caroline Martin in Fall 2017. Laura currently acts as the Director of the Company & Treasurer of the Board of Directors. She enjoys helping the Columbus Modern Dance Company grow and thrive.
Caroline Martin (Rehearsal Director, Director of CoMo II) began her dance training at the age of three in Boston, MA. Upon moving to Georgia she danced with the Georgia Youth Ballet for 11 years, studying ballet and modern under the direction of Magdalena Maury. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Religious Studies from Agnes Scott College. Caroline's college career included dancing with David Dorfman Dance, being featured in the 2009 Gala performance at the Southeast conference of ACFDA, and studying Kuchipudi, a form of classical Indian dance, in Hyderabad, India. Caroline holds an Elementary Certification in Labanotation, and her choreographic project Thoughts In Space focuses on making dance more accessible to audiences of various backgrounds. Outside of dance she is the Director of Camp Quest Smoky Mountains and works as a licensed massage therapist.
Rachel Bobbitt (Rehearsal Director) began her early training by studying classical ballet for 11 years at Angela's Dance Studio and O'Connor's Dance in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2002, Rachel attended the Ohio State University where she studied modern, ballet, and hip hop in their prestigious Dance Department. In 2012 and 2015, she performed as a part of the national Urbana Student Missions Conference performing arts team, debuting her work "Lanterns" at the 2015 conference. In 2016 Rachel was a performer and lead choreographer at the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia. Rachel joined CoMo as a founding member in 2013. Rachel has created original works Mademoiselle (2013) and Long Walk Home(2017) for the company.
Bridgette Rawlins (Academy Director) is from Zanesville, OH and began her early dance training at BalletMet in Columbus. During high school, she attended the Virginia School of the Arts in Lynchburg, VA, training under Petrus Bosman, David Keener, and Martha Faesi. She attended her freshman year of college at Wright State University where she also was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II. Later transferring to Miami University of Ohio, she continued to dance and perform in Miami’s dance company on campus, which gave her opportunities to teach, choreograph, and hold several executive positions. Bridgette graduated with a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science and a B.A. in Microbiology and currently works for Ohio State's Hospital. Bridgette joined the Columbus Modern (CoMo) Dance Company in 2013 for our founding Season. She has created works Black Tambourine (2014) and Promenade (2017) on the company.