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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.

  • Cady Cox

    JRC Director // Dance 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.

  • 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, 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. 

  • John Coakley (JC)

    Zumba Fitness®, Street Self-Defense and Kids Empowered 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 & hopes to open a Certified Training Center in 2017. JC holds self-defense classes at Dancers’ Workshop.

  • Karen Hogan

    Brain-based Mommy & Me Instructor

    Karen is a movement artist with over 25 years of dance experience who has been designing and implementing arts-integrated children's movement classes for the past 17 years.  Karen currently reaches over 130 children weekly through a variety of creative dance classes in preschools throughout Jackson Hole.  Karen was a founding member of Contemporary Dance Wyoming. Currently Karen is investigating the connections between brain development and movement in early childhood learning.

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