Meet the CoMo Class Instructors:
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.
Chelsea Herbert is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and began her dance training at the age of 5 at The Starting Pointe School of Dance, under the direction of Lea Marie Ponessa. She later joined Virginia Regional Ballet, training under Heidi Robitshek, in Williamsburg, Virginia where she performed various roles in the Nutcracker over many seasons. During high school, she was given the opportunity to further her dance education by being accepted into The Governor’s School for The Arts. She trained under Todd Rosenlieb (TRDance), Deborah Thorpe, Kathy Brenner, and Lorraine Graves, to name a few. Chelsea attended Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virginia, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. While attending ODU, she was a member of the dance team, performed in and choreographed for the departments semi-annual concerts, and attended multiple college dance conferences. After completing her education at ODU, she went on to perform at Walt Disney World and eventually found a passion for teaching. Chelsea joined CoMo II with our 2018-2019 Season, starting with our fall performance "Formation: Dance Inspired by Public Art."
Laura Comana Puscas (Executive & Artistic Director) was trained 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 Notre Dame’s Film, Television, and Theater department. On campus, Laura founded an immersive student modern dance company culminating in her senior project, “Dante’s Inferno” at the Snite Museum of Art. In 2011, Laura earned a BBA in marketing from Mendoza College of Business, graduating Magna Cum Laude. 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. Laura has produced numerous shows with CoMo dance at local venues such as the Idea Foundry, the Cultural Arts Center, Franklin Park Conservatory, the Topiary Park, German Village Meeting Haus, Blockfort, the Abbey Theater, and many more. Thank you to all of the local artists and musicians who have collaborated with CoMo. In December 2015, CoMo transitioned to a nonprofit corporation and was granted 501(c)3 status. Laura has set her choreography on the company with “Object” (2012), “Raven” (2013), “Please Advise” (2015), “Coffee Blues” (2016, Ten Tiny Dances®), along with restaging guest choreographer works, choreographing for private event bookings, and creating works on CoMo’s Adult Modern Dance Class. In November 2018, Laura danced as the soloist in a restaging of Martha Graham’s “Heretic.” During the day, Laura manages digital production operations for the Bath & Body Works website.