Dancers' Workshop Instructors

  • Babs Case

    Artistic Director // Executive Director

    Babs has performed, choreographed, and taught modern dance throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America, She attributes her multidisciplinary approach to dance to her professional affiliations with the Harry Partch Foundation and Company, Richard Landry of the Phillip Glass Ensemble, Lincoln Center Institute and Obie award winning actor, Bob Berky. She was the founding Executive Artistic Director of The Center for the Arts in Stuart, FL for 12 years. Babs is a past recipient of National Endowment for the Arts funding and both the Florida and Wyoming Fellowship Awards for Choreography. In 1992, she was awarded in Indo-American Research Fulbright fellowship to study dance, theatre and visual arts in India. As an educator, Ms. Case has taught at universities throughout the U.S. and offers multi-disciplinary residencies in schools and workshops for at-risk youth. In 1999 she moved to Wyoming and formed Wyoming’s first modern dance company, Contemporary Dance Wyoming, which tours regionally performing lecture demonstrations in schools and formal concerts for the public. Her contributions were recognized in 2009 by receiving the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole Award for Creativity.

  • Stacy Thorkildsen

    Kinder Instructor

    Stacy has a love of dancing that started when she began to study dance at the age of eight. She trained at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy in ballet, tap and jazz. She continued her studies at Brigham Young University and has been a part of DW for 20 years. She receives great joy from her little dancers. She’s blessed with a fabulous family and loves being actively involved in her children’s activities.

  • Kate W. Kosharek

    Adult Fitness & Pilates Coordinator //  Dance Instructor // CDW Member

    Kate has been teaching, performing and choreographing at Dancers’ Workshop since 2006. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has over 10 years experience teaching movement to all ages.  While living in Milwaukee, Kate was a member of Wild Space Dance Company, which sparked her passion for site-specific dance making.  In 2008, she co-founded Hole Dance Films, which has created numerous dance films that have played in festivals across Europe and the U.S.  Specializing in Pilates group and private training, Kate educates awareness of breath and alignment, emphasizing that a strong core is key to proper body functionality and injury prevention. As her own experience continues to expand, Kate strives to give her students the ability to develop a deep understanding of movement and their bodies.  

  • Olga Needham

    Dance Instructor

    Olga started studying ballet and gymnastics at 10 years old in Kyrgyzstan. She quickly excelled in both, and at 13 years old moved to Kiev to enter the Olympic School. She participated in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, where she also finished a degree in Sports Medicine and was invited to join the Moscow Circus as a high bar gymnast. Her work has also included touring with Barnum Ballet and Cirque du Soleil for 12 years in 25 countries. Olga loves teaching Ballet Workout at Dancers’ Workshop.

  • John Coakley (JC)

    Zumba® Fitness and Gracie Garage® Instructor

    Baja adventurer, small wave surfer, X Terra off-road triathlete, Spanish butcher-er, Jiu-jitsu artist, mediocre musician, group fitness instructor, animal lover, & general do-gooder, JC been part of Dancers' Workshop’s Adult fitness program since 2013. Despite coming from a dance family, John immersed himself in traditional & non-traditional sports. He captained teams that rowed at Head of the Charles & Henley Royal Regatta. After studying journalism at University of Massachusetts, he moved west to Jackson in 1992, fell in love and never left. After a serious knee injury in 2011 playing hockey, his wife convinced him to try Zumba® Fitness as part of his rehabilitation & to lose weight. He & his wife Jessica were both certified to teach under ZES Kass Martin in 2012. More recently, he achieved his Jiu-Jitsu Blue belt with a high enough score to be invited to the Gracie® Instructor Training Program by master Rener Gracie, & hopes to open a Certified Training Center in 2017. JC holds free self-defense classes at Dancers’ Workshop.

  • Tammy Bartlett

    REFIT® Instructor

    Tammy began dancing at the age of 5 in genres including competitive Highland dancing, Ballet, Jazz, cheerleading, beginning Tap and Hip Hop. She received top honors through the R.A.D. and B.A.T.D. examination process. At 14, Tammy became a corps dancer with the American Festival Ballet Company under the direction of Kevin Brown. At the age of 18, Tammy was given the opportunity to begin teaching others to dance - this is when the beautiful journey of teaching others was birthed. At the age of 24, she began teaching professionally. Tammy has been choreographing various and sundry pieces, musicals, and the like for 39 years.  

    In high school, Tammy incurred some tough injuries that encouraged a great love for fitness and the human body. She’s currently working on her Advanced Science certification to advise athletes on nutrition and working on her AFAA. Through many life experiences, she has developed Big LOVE for people - all shapes, sizes, beliefs, race and abilities. This is why Tammy’s newest endeavor REFIT® is such a great fit. Tammy is a certified REFIT® instructor.

  • Cady Cox

    JRC Director // Dance Instructor // CDW Member

    Cady Cox was born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she performed in local dance productions with the Dancers’ Workshop Junior Repertory Company from the age of eight. She attended many summer intensives during her high school years, including Alvin Ailey in NYC, Ballet West in Utah and Jose Limon in San Francisco. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, supplementing her junior year of college with a study year abroad at Laban in London, United Kingdom. She was awarded a Diploma in Dance Studies from Laban. She spent the last three years in Portland, OR, dancing professionally for Agnieszka Laska Dancers with many performance opportunities, including the Seattle International Dance festival. She also taught ballet, jazz and modern at Virtuosity Performing Arts and received her 200-hour Hatha yoga certification through The Movement Center in Portland. Cady is thrilled to be back in Jackson teaching at DW and dancing with Contemporary Dance Wyoming.

  • Marissa Moeri

    Front Desk // Dance Instructor

    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!

  • Katie Jackson

    bootybarre® and Pilates Instructor 

    Katie Jackson teaches bootybarre® and Pilates at Dancers' Workshop. Her area of expertise is in grey area training with physical therapists to access body movement of individuals and focus on the weak areas. Her style of training focus is carried throughout the group classes she teaches at Dancers' Workshop, with each class providing the challenges the goup needs without compensation of weak areas by overuse of other muscle groups. Through her classes and one-on-one sessions, you will experience smaller muscles being utilized in order to strengthen the larger muscle groups as a whole. Katie strives hard in her trainng to make your body work more efficiently to perform better overall. Katie is NSCA (National Strength Conditioning Association), Pilates, bootybarre® and TRX Certified. Visit her website:

  • Elvis Oalis

    Zumba® Fitness Instructor

    Elvis began Zumba with his wife over a decade ago and has been and has been a licensed Zumba instructor at DW for many years now. Prior to doing Zumba, Elvis has almost over 15 years experience in teaching and dancing basic ballroom but his forte is on disco swing. 

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