One of Madagascar’s most beloved beauty queens. Gwen Rakotovao is a dancer, choreographer, model, business owner, teacher and overall a renaissance woman.

The dancer Gwen Rakotovao in Prague by © Ondrej Michalak

Photo of Gwen Rakotovao by Ondrej Michalak in Prague

Welcome to Gwen Rakotovao’s website. A French dancer originally from Madagascar and based in New York.

Originally from Madagascar, Gwen Rakotovao is a French dancer in New York.

Gwen is a renowned graduate of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and is the director of her own dance company: The Gwen Rakotovao Company (GRC).

Gwen most recent creation, L’amour. La liberté. (Love. Freedom.), is a transcendent dance evening production featuring original music by Fédéric Chopin interpreted by the Leeds College of Music. She recently was invited to the Chopin festival to present an excerpt of her latest work.

She has worked with many American choreographers and performed at notable venues and events such at the Transeuropéenne (Zénith de Rouen), The Fringe Festival (Scotland), Théâtre du Gymnase (Paris), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York)… Gwen lives her passion all around the world and her dedication to dance entitled her to teach Master Classes and workshops at the French National Conservatory of Rouen, the Juste Debout School, Madagascar, in the French Caribbean, Thailand, Japan and Morocco. In 2012 she was awarded the golden medal at the Biarritz international dance competition. In 2013 She partially choreographed the new musical Pepe Grillo by the Black Light Productions which was premiered at the renown Sala Galileo on December 1st 2013 in Madrid.

Gwen is the author of the book of photography Un voyage à Madagascar and the novel for children Zari L’intrépide. She regurlarly posts article for the blog of the book.

In 2009 she became a contestant in the Miss Diaspora Models pageant in New York, USA, representing Madagascar. Since then she had been featured from Online Magazines to Essence Magazine. Her affable personality and look caught the attention of Neguswear, and she became the “Face of Neguswear” in their 2010 and 2011 campaigns – appearing in ads, video and their website. In 2011 Gwen was invited by fashion designer Mialy Seheno to walk for her at the Slovakian Fashion night and she has been shot for Seheno’s new collection in France. In 2012, Gwen finished 2nd runner up at the Not Just Fashion contest. After 5 month of competition and among 53 models from all over the world. Gwen is also the author of the book photography “un voyage à Madagascar” and the kids short novel “Zari l’intrépide”. She wrote columns for Toujours Soolid, Watsa Mada and got published in the Air Asia inflight magazine in March 2013. Since 2010 Gwen is the patron of the Malagasy soccer Club http://www.mada- sport.org. And the ambassador of the Eco-Sys Action Football Cup http://www.ecosysaction.org Helping them in their mission to empower communities to sustainably benefit from their ecosystem and aiming to develop the Malagasy soccer.
Gwen Rakotovao est une danseuse francaise a New York.