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 - Bio coming soon! Chelsea joined CoMo II with our 2018-2019 Season, starting with our fall performance "Formation: Dance Inspired by Public Art."
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.