ClassesInstructors

Instructors

  • Babs Case

    Artistic 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.

  • Holly Wooldridge

    School Director

    Holly Wooldridge, 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.  Most recently, Holly was on faculty at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.

  • Ahita Ardalan Bergman

    Instructor

    Ahita Ardalan Bergman currently teaches master classes and teacher training for dance organizations throughout the United States, and continues to serve as Ballet Mistress for the San Diego Ballet. For then years, Ms. Berman performed across Europe and the USA with the Paris Opera Ballet. Ms Bergman studied music ans ballet in Paris from the Conservatoire National de Musique and teh Ecole Superieure d'Etude Choreographique. She is accomplished in and can teach the entire classical ballet repertoire. She taught with the Conservatoire de Regiounde Paris and later became stage manager and assistant choreographer for the Ballet de Monte Carlo. In 1991, Mr. Roland Petit asked her to join Ballet National Marseille as his artistic assistant and stage manager. Ms. Bergman has worked with many of the world's ballet greats, including John Taras (ABT), Frederic Franklin, Patricia neary (NYCB), Ben Stevenson (Houston Ballet), Sallie Wilson (ABT), Patricia McBride (NYCB), John Neumeier (Hamburg Ballet), Jiri Kylian, Robert Mead, William Forsythe, Boris Eifman, Jorge Donn, Pierre LaCotte, Claude Bessy (Paris Opera) Rudolf Nureyev, Carla Fracci, Irina Kolpakova, Marcia Haydee, Antoinette Sibley, Sylvie Guillem, Monique Loudiere, Ghislaine Thessmar, Patrick Dupond, and Alessandra Ferri.

  • Margaret Rose Breffeilh

    Instructor

    Margaret is an emerging choreographer, improviser, and performing artist. Margaret Rose has completed a dance-for-camera piece and two performance works, one of which has made her the proud winner of a Weisman Award. In the spring of 2008 she graduated with a BFA from Columbia College Chicago by completing both curriculums for Dancemaking and Dance Pedagogy.

  • Marissa Carr

    Instructor

    Marissa Carr graduated from Skidmore College in 2006 with a double major in Dance and English.  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.  Prior to moving to Jackson, 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.  Marissa is grateful for the opportunity to work with Contemporary Dance Wyoming.

  • Cady Cox

    Instructor

    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.

  • Emily Fernandez-Gates

    Instructor

    Emily’s love of Pilates began at Dancer’s Workshop in 2006 when she decided to try out a Saturday morning mat class.  She expanded her understanding of Pilates in 2008 by adding machine work to her weekly regimen.  After attending a Power Pilates® conference in 2010, she wanted to share her enthusiasm for this type of exercise; she completed her Beginner Mat certification from Power Pilates in 2010 and her Intermediate Mat certification in 2012.  Emily has since taken over teaching the Saturday morning class where she began.  She absolutely loves working with students who connect with Pilates the same way she did.  Pilates is Emily’s part-time passion; she works full-time as an Accountant at Prestige Brands International.  She has lived in Jackson Hole since 2004.

  • Kate W. Kosharek

    Instructor

    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.  

  • Beth Mendelsohn

    Instructor

    Beth began Pilates in college in 2004 while studying Biology and Russian. After graduating she began studying on the Pilates equipment, and soon found that Pilates helped her become a healthier, happier person, and with a deeper physical and mental awareness. Beth wanted to share these remarkable benefits with others, and began teacher training in Bozeman, MT through Peak Pilates in 2010. Guided by Kimberlie Barrett, Shauna Laszlo, and Meg La Londe, she received her comprehensive certification in 2011. Further inspiration has come from the teaching of Jay Grimes, Peter Fiasca, Mari Winsor, Chris Robinson, and Kathryn Ross-Nash.  Beth moved to Jackson for the summer of 2012, and "just had to stay!"

  • Olga Needham

    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.
     

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