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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.

  • Amber Chapman

    Zumba Fitness® Instructor

    Amber was born and raised in Jackson Hole.  She took many different dance classes when she was younger.  Her mom had a love for dance and even majored in dance in college.  It has always been a part of her life.  Amber had always heard of Zumba but never tried it.  Her coworker convinced her to give it a try.  It only took one class to fall love with the music, the rhythm and the moves.  For someone that doesn't love to workout, this was a BIG deal.  In the fall of 2015 she traveled to Utah to become a certified Zumba instructor.  Amber feels very fortunate to still call Jackson her home and to raise her 3 wonderful children here along side her loving husband.

  • Eric Midgley

    Ballet Master // Curriculum 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. Eric is now the Ballet Master and Curriculum Director of Dancers’ Workshop! 

  • Francesca Romo

    Contemporary Dance Wyoming Rehearsal Director & Dancer

    Francesca Romo started working with Dancers’ Workshop in 2014 as a dance instructor. Fran was born in London, England and trained at the Royal Ballet School as well as the London Contemporary Dance School. After a one-year apprenticeship with Richard Alston Dance Company, she formally joined the Company from 2003–2006. In 2007, Fran co- founded Gallim Dance, a New York City-based company whom Dancer’s Workshop hosted various times from 2012-2014. She has toured, created and set Gallim's work both nationally and internationally. Fran is a certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Instructor and currently teaches at Jackson Hole Gyrotonic. Fran is a company member and Rehearsal Director of Contemporary Dance Wyoming.

  • Heidi Christine

    Dance Instructor

    Heidi was born and raised in Jackson, and began her dance training at Dancers’ Workshop. Her dance training has included work with Peter Pucci, Repertory Dance Theater, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Colorado Ballet and others. Her studies took her to Los Angeles where she studied Music Composition at the Musician’s Institute, and to New York and abroad where she continued to dance and to study humanities and sociology. Heidi’s passion for art, dance, and music fuel her desire to teach others the joy of creating. She is also honored to be joining Contemporary Dance Wyoming for another exciting season.

  • 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. 
     

  • Holly Wooldridge

    Dance Instructor

    Holly Wooldridge is a dance artist and educator. She received a MFA in Dance from Arizona State University, BFA in Modern Dance from University of Utah and is a certified Pilates Instructor through Physical Mind since 2007. Performances include works by Tandy Beal, Babs Case, Carley Conder, Isadora Duncan, Mary Fitzgerald, Keith Johnson, Steve Koester, Jose Limon, Shouze Ma, Stephanie Nugent, Lisa Race, Lisa Townsend and Karen Schupp. Holly’s choreography has been presented for adjudication at the 2011 Southwest America College Dance Festival, Up/Close with Contemporary Dance Wyoming, CONDER/dance’s Breaking Ground and at the Mesa Arts Center. Research interests include embodiment within the technique class, the socially informed body in relationship to how one experiences dance, and the integrating of science and dance. A former Lincoln Center Institute teaching artist with the Julia Morgan Arts Center and a teaching artist for the San Francisco Ballet, Holly has taught in K-12 public schools in California, Utah and Wyoming. She has also taught various courses in modern and ballet technique, choreography, improvisation, music for dancers, pedagogy, and dance in world cultures at Arizona State University, Santa Clara University, Texas A&M International University and Central Wyoming College. Ms. Wooldridge has been involved at Dancers’ Workshop since 2003.  

  • 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.  

  • Katie Jackson

    Pilates Instructor 

    Katie Jackson teaches private Pilates sessions 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: www.allbodytraining.com

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