Rosie Banchero

African Teacher



Rosie Banchero is the Artistic Director, founder, and force behind Wofa Dance Company, an African Dance & Drum group that has shared its unique brand of performance art in venues across Utah since 2014. The company has quickly gained a name for itself based, in part, on Rosie’s dynamic leadership and dedication to African Dance. She’s visited Africa five times now to study her craft and continues to educate herself with current dance styles. Rosie also is a highly sought-after choreographer and dance instructor who has choreographed pieces and taught classes and workshops for Repertory Dance Theater, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Ballet West, and numerous high schools and community organizations. Her classes have been described as energetic, and life-changing. Rosie is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, and Salt Lake Community College. Rosie graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and is trained in jazz, modern, hip hop, and African dance. She also was a Utah Jazz Dancer from 1992-1994. Currently, she is the Vice President of the Lahydi Collective, a non-profit maintaining the cultural legacy of guinea, West Africa. Her latest endeavors include Soom Soom Design, a clothing line inspired by Africa. Rosie is a born teacher. Whether it’s guiding a group of dancers across the floor or teaching her son, Griffin, how to tend a garden to produce copious vegetables; Rosie coaxes the best performances.


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