Beginning Ballet (9yrs+)

This class is taught by:

Marissa Moeri

Marissa Moeri holds a B.A. from Skidmore College. While in college, she had the honor of working with acclaimed artists-in-residence Robert Battle and Jeanne Bresciani. Her studies took her to Greece where she performed with the Isadora Duncan International Institute in the reconstructed works of Isadora Duncan. From 2006-2010 she lived in Boston where she performed with SOKOLOW NOW!, Deborah Abel Dance Company, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, Danny Swain Dance Company, and as a guest with Weber Dance. She danced with Contemporary Dance Wyoming from 2010-2015. With the help of her amazing husband, Michael, she is a now taking on her most important role as Mom to Owen Brighton, born December 2015. After taking some time off, Marissa is excited to once again be dancing, teaching, and working the front desk at Dancers’ Workshop!

Holly Wooldridge

Holly Wooldridge is a youth program dance instructor at Dancers' Workshop.
Holly, a native Californian, has been studying movement and the body her whole life. As a dancer, educator and scholar she strives to live in the moment by continually questioning, laughing and moving. Holly received a MFA in Dance at Arizona State University and a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. Ms. Wooldridge has performed, choreographed and taught in California, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and Texas. Holly has performed as a company member with Pappas and Dancers (CA), Contemporary Dance Wyoming and CONDER/dance (AZ). Fully certified in Pilates, Holly began her own Pilates business, embodied Pilates LLC, in 2009.

Michaela Ellingson

Michaela is a Jackson Hole native and Dancers’ Workshop alum. She received her BF from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, graduating magma cum laude and her MA from London Contemporary Dance School. She has danced with CDW and Hole Dance Films in Jackson, Edge Postgraduate Company, MCDC, Bittersuite and Flavour and Some in London and The Purchase Dance Company and JUNTOS Collective while in New York, as well as creating her own work along the way. She became certified to teach Pilates from the Art of Science and Contrology Full Apparatus Program in New York and has taught Pilates in various studios and fitness centers in London and Jackson. She has always loved to move and aims to inspire others to move as well.

Rachel Holmes

Rachel Holmes is a former member of Elisa Monte Dance, a New York City based company. Rachel began her formal training at the Anneliese von Oettingen School of Ballet and the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, OH. Rachel went on to study at Ballet Met, Dance Theater of Harlem and the Joffrey Ballet School all on scholarship, and has continued to train in a variety of dance disciplines in open classes throughout New York City. She has had the honor of working with choreographers Andre Zachery and Joe Celej, and touring nationally and internationally with the Kai Kweol Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati, Joan Miller’s Dance Players, Elisa Monte Dance, NY2Dance, and Mazzini Dance Collective. Ms. Holmes has set works, taught master classes, workshops, and privates classes in the US, South America and Europe. Rachel teaches Jazz and Ballet to youth at Dancers' Workshop as well as instruct for DW's outreach to other Wyoming communities.
Ballet students advance through a carefully developed curriculum designed to teach students the highly technical language of ballet, emphasizing correct alignment, strength, flexibility, balance, grace, focus, discipline, musicality, and self-expression.  Meets twice per week.

*Please note that ballet and modern dance are at the core of Dancers’ Workshop’s curriculum. It is recommended that students study Beginning Modern simultaneously with this class.