Gwennaelle Rakotovao from Rouen, France, has studied at Institut de Formation Professionelle Rick Odums in Paris, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Rosella Hightower School in Cannes. She received Rick Odums Fellowship, Region Haute Normandie French Government Grant, Hightower Fellowship, and LCU Foundation Grant. She worked with Luc Moka, Aline Mottier, Michèle Bernier, Gilles de Maistre, and as a prominent member of Rick Odums’ ensemble. Performance highlights: Viva Cité Festival, Transeuropéennes, critically acclaimed “Classiquement Dingue” (France and Togo), solo choreographed by (maitre des arts et lettres) Pasqualina Noel at “Theatre Du Gymnase,” and featured role in an acclaimed documentary. Rakotovao has presented choreography and performed with Dominique Filhol and Antoine Espagne (musical “Au Clair de la Lune” selected for “Festival Court Devants), H.T. Chen Dance Company, Whitney V. Hunter, of Martha Graham Company, Collective Body: DanceLab, and Regina Nejman.