Merope – A Journey to Authenticity

Rachel Cahayla-Wynne brings years of dance experience to Merope – A Journey to Authenticitya short film by Juan Carlos Zaldivar that features dance & choreography by Jordan Pelliteri, visual art by Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, Amy Ernst, Jim Peterson and Glenn Grayson, poetry by Nikita Gill and Hermann Hesse to the music of composer and singer Christel Veraart, who also wrote the story line.

This short film is the first phase of the brand new multi disciplinary arts initiative Reflections Festival that aims to enrich Sedona and Arizona’s cultural life. Grateful for the support of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Flinn Foundation, City of Sedona, Sedona Conservatory, and the Sedona Arts Academy, the film is scheduled to premiere later this year.

Rachel Cahayla-Wynne is originally from New Jersey where she studied ballet with Irine Fokine and attended summer programs at Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet and Ballet Academy East. She continued her training and education at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she earned a BFA and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

While finishing her degree Rachel joined the Louisville Ballet and danced with the company for 7 years performing soloist and principal roles in numerous ballets. Rachel has also performed with California Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Fokine Ballet, Petrov Ballet and the Sedona Chamber Ballet.

Rachel has over 15 years experience teaching ballet and pointe for all ages. She currently teaches and performs locally in Columbus Ohio and is guest Ballet Mistress for the Sedona Chamber Ballet in Sedona, AZ

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