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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 S. 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, Babs 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. Her contributions were recognized in 2009 by receiving the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole Award for Creativity.

  • Eric Midgley

    Ballet Master // School Director

    Eric Midgley began his dance career in 1979, performing throughout western Canada and the Pacific Northwest with the Veselka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble. In 1989, Eric graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division before joining Ballet Florida in West Palm Beach. In 2001, he joined Ballet Austin and remained there until 2008.  Performing an extremely wide repertoire, he has danced principal roles in classical and contemporary repertoire in Canada, the US, France, Scotland, Slovenia and Italy. Eric brings a widely varied background in design, music, and dance to the studio and the stage. He has choreographed over twenty original works for a wide range of companies from ballet, to folk and modern dance. He has created score edits, original compositions, sound, lighting, and projection designs and served as production manager and stage manager for dance performances for over 20 years. With 30 years experience as a teacher, he brings his diversity to bear in the studio. He teaches ballet, pointe, character, men’s class, variations, repertoire, and partnering. His accessible and functional approach to movement is at the root of his teaching style. 

  • Gabriel Kallas

    Tango Practica Instructor

    Gabriel Kallas has been practicing and learning the art of dancing Tango since 2012. He has taken instruction from talented instructors Lucia Petkovic and David Caputto of Idaho Falls for three years. Gabriel has traveled around the region to numerous workshops and Milongas to learn and dance Tango. The Teton Tango group practices every Monday in the DW studios and has a strong core group of leaders and followers that enjoy sharing their  knowledge of dancing Tango with beginners. 
     

  • John Coakley (JC)

    Zumba Fitness® 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' Workshops' 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 & hopes to open a Certified Training Center in 2017. 

  • Kate 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.  

  • Luke Zender

    Dance Instructor // CDW Member

    Luke Zender is a Jackson native, however, he was not a part of Dancers’ Workshop growing up. Luke was a gymnast his entire life and made the transition to dance at age 18 after an injury prevented him from returning to gymnastics. He has trained with Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Panacea Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He also attended Peridance Capezio Center’s conservatory ballet program in New York City. Luke is more than excited to be back home to dance, teach and grow with Contemporary Dance Wyoming.

  • Marissa Moeri

    Front Desk Associate // 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!

  • Michaela Ellingson

    Pilates Instructor // JRC Director // Dance Instructor // CDW Member
     
    Michaela is a Jackson Hole native and Dancers’ Workshop alum. She received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, graduating magma cum laude and her MA from London Contemporary Dance School. She has danced with 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 danced with Hole Dance Films in Jackson, is a current member of Contemporary Dance Wyoming and is the Director of DW's Junior Repertory Company. Michaela has always loved to move and aims to inspire others to move as well. 

  • Nicole Gustine

    Dance Instructor

    Nicole began dancing when she was five and studied classical ballet and jazz throughout her formative years in Raleigh, North Carolina. She studied ballet at the University of Utah during her freshman year, but quickly discovered her love for the outdoors and transferred to Colorado State University where she completed a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. While at Colorado State University she studied modern dance and could be found dancing on mountains. After graduating, her career took her to Alaska where she also was a member of Peninsula Artists in Motion Dance Company for three years as well as taught beginning ballet and jazz at Encore Dance Studio. A little time off from dancing was filled with getting married, starting a family, and exploring Alaska. Nicole's family moved to Moose in the summer of 2015 and she's excited to join DW as a teacher and looks forward to the years ahead.

  • 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.
     

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