Jerry was born in New York into a theatre family. His father, Kazimir Kokich, danced with the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, and was on Broadway in “Oklahoma!”, ‘Bells Are Ringing”, “Bye, Bye, Birdie” and many others. Jerry’s mother, Iva Withers, was in the original cast of “Carousel”, as well as the original productions of “Oklahoma!”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”; 24 Broadway productions in all.
Jerry started his ballet training with Tina Youskevitch and Gabriella Darvash in NY, then went to SAB (Balanchine’s New York CIty Ballet school), studying with Richard Rapp, Stanley Williams, and Andrei Kramerevsky, before joining The Joffrey II Dancers, and then The Joffrey Ballet, where he danced for 8 years in such ballets as “Rodeo”, “The Green Table”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Suite St. Saens” and numerous others.
Jerry has taught at the Joffrey School in NY, the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy, Extensions Performing Arts Academy and many schools in the LA basin. Former students have danced with The Joffrey, the Los Angeles Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet and in the finals of the YAGP competition in New York. For the past several summers, Jerry has been a guest teacher for the California Contemporary & Ballet Intensive held at California DanceArts. As of 2014, he is pleased to have joined the California DanceArts faculty teaching advanced ballet.