Angela Sigley Grossman (Improvisation, Composition) is an Assistant Professor of Dance at DeSales University. She holds an MFA degree in dance performance and choreography from Temple University and a BA degree in dance as a magna cum laude graduate of DeSales University. Angela has presented choreographic work at Temple University, St. Gregory's University, Bucknell University, Moravian College, DeSales University, the American College Dance Association, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Baltimore Dance Invitational, and has performed for various local and nationally known independent choreographers. She is on the Board of Directors for Arts Academy Elementary Charter School in Allentown and has also designed lighting for dance performances in the Philadelphia area. Previously, Angela has taught at Temple University and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts.
Elizabeth June Bergman (Ballet Technique, Yoga, Pointe/Variations) earned her BA from DeSales University, her MFA from The University of Iowa, and is currently in the doctoral program in Dance Studies at Temple University. Bergman is based in Philadelphia, but her creative work, which includes scholarship, group choreography, solo improvisatory performance work, and dance films, has been presented across the country. She has taught classical ballet, yoga, and modern dance at The University of Iowa and for numerous dance academies, studios, and programs. www.elizabethjunebergman.com
Dominick Boyd (Hip Hop) is a professional Hip Hop Instructor from Bronx, NY. He has been studying the art of hip hop dance for the past 25 years. Within these years, he took his training and abilities on the road. From 1998-2002, he performed with and trained various artist such as Alicia Keys, Omarion, and bad boy recording artist 112. His position was to train artists with their breathing, movement, and physical exercise to help their body understand rhythm. Dominick moved to Pennsylvania in 2002 and continued training at various studios from 2002-2007 such as Steps in Time, Pennsylvania Performing Arts as well as IDA (Institute of Dance Artistry) etc. Throughout this time he started to realize the huge interest in his art form of dance which help him decide in 2007 to open up his own dance studio B.I.A (Born into the Arts).
Zakiya L. Cornish (Afro-Mix Master Class), a New Orleans native currently residing in Philadelphia, received her B.A. from Dillard University in Business Management. A classically trained West African dancer, Zakiya was a New Orleans-based independent artist for several years performing with many of the noted companies. Zakiya served as a teaching artist for 5 years with Young Audiences of Louisiana, culminating in an invitation for her students to perform in Los Angeles for Adam Shankman (executive producer of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE). Zakiya earned an MFA degree in Dance from Temple University. Her graduate research entailed an exploration of the intersections of African American identity and West African Dance. Zakiya currently performs with Kulu Mele African Drum and Dance Company and Lela Aisha Jones |FLyGround. Through her connection with these companies, she has recently had the opportunity to work with Tony-award nominee Jeffrey Page, and Ron Brown of Evidence Dance Company. Zakiya has taught traditional and contemporary African dance classes across the country. Her work focuses on traditional and contemporary dance and music of the African Diaspora.
Katie Donnelly (Pilates) has been drawn to movement since she was born. She came to Pilates in 2005 to find relief from the chronic injuries that plague dancers and to combat the hours of sitting she did while working towards her physics degree. After 7 years, 2000+ hours of practice, and “strong nudging” from her teachers, Katie finally entered The Fletcher Pilates® Comprehensive Program in November of 2012. She completed the program in September of 2013 and is recognized as a Qualified Fletcher Pilates® Teacher. Katie is also a member of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and is recognized as a PMA-Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA®-CPT). Katie holds a B.S. in Physics, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, and is currently working towards her M.S. in Kinesiology. By day, she teaches physics at Emmaus High School, where she never misses an opportunity to discuss practical movement applications with her students. After recently becoming a mom, Katie’s passion has shifted to pre- and postnatal Pilates. The Method helped her avoid the common physical ailments that accompany pregnancy and recovery, and she’s enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge with moms new and old!
Karen A. Fuhrman (Inversions) has her M.A. from NYU in education/choreography and specializes in both ground and aerial dance. She has toured extensively with Pilobolus though-out the US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, was featured on the 2007 Oscars, Ellen Degeneres, Good Morning America, twice on the Conan O’ Brian show and numerous national commercials. Other credits include Cavalia of Cirque du Soleil, Danny Ezralow’s “Love and Other Drugs,” two Victoria Secrets Christmas Spectacular shows, De La Guarda, and MOMIX. She has also danced for the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, MTV, PBS, ABC, NBC, and SHOWTIME. She has toured and taught aerial and dance in extensive venues throughout the world.
Beau Hancock (Modern Technique)
Molly B. Misgalla (Jazz) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a B.A. in dance (cum laude) from Point Park University where she trained with Douglas Bentz, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Jodi Welch and the late Ron Tassone. While at Point Park she was a swing for the Pittsburgh Playhouse Production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall. After graduation Molly danced with the site specific modern –based Mary Miller Dance Company and with the Philadelphia based-jazz dance company “Waves” under the direction of (Israel born) Shimon Braun. She performed in the feature film “Living Out Loud” starring Holly Hunter, Inatoriso Cabaret Show in Tokyo, Japan and in numerous industrial and commercials for companies such as Glaxo Smith- Kline. Molly is a Philadelphia-based teacher and choreographer renowned for her innovative jazz/contemporary technique. She has taught at The University of Arts, Philadelphia’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, The Rock School for Dance Education, DeSales University, Penn State University and Manhattan Dance Project. Molly was an artist in residence at Ecole de Ballet and Just Move Dance in Luxembourg. She also has taught master classes in Luxembourg, Paris and London as well as studios and conventions throughout the U.S. Her works can be seen on Eleone Dance Theater, Eleone Connection, Grace Dance Theater as well as in performance showcases at the InHale/Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers, Koresh Dance and The Lehigh Dance Exchange in Bethlehem, PA. Molly has her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak.
Rebecca Moyer (Modern Technique, Modern Repertory, Stretch and Strengthening) has a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Business Management from DeSales University and a M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from State University of New York-Purchase College. She has studied at various institutions, such as the Dance Theatre of Pennsylvania, Governor's School for the Arts, Philadanco, Point Park Summer Intensive, University of the Arts, Koresh School of Dance, Alvin Ailey School, Peridance, among many others. Rebecca has performed with Annex Dance Company, ContempraDance Theatre, ACTion Dance Touring Company, as a guest with the DanceGing Company in Allentown, and Penn State Abington Dance Company. Rebecca has choreographed for the Marywood University Dance Ensemble, DeSales University Dance Ensemble, Penn State Dance Company, Xtensions Dance Company, ACTion Dance Touring Company, Moravian College Dance Company, InMotion Dance Company and her works have been seen in various venues across the Pennsylvania and New York area, such as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia Dance Fest, American College Dance Festivals and Gallery B in New York City. Rebecca has also had the opportunity to teach at various dance programs and dance studios in the Philadelphia and New York area, and is currently teaching at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. Rebecca is also the co-director of Vada Dance Collective, a modern dance company based in the Philadelphia area.
Tara Madsen Robbins (Modern Technique) earned her MFA in Performance & Choreography from Smith College, and her BA from Slippery Rock University. She performed/toured with modern dance company Tania Isaac Dance. As a freelance choreographer, Tara has presented her original choreography internationally throughout Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Greece, and Scotland where her work received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Tara has been invited as a guest artist to colleges, universities, performing arts high schools, conventions, dance camps, conferences, festivals, conservatories, as well as many private studios along the east coast. She taught at DeSales University from 2006-2016. Tara is currently on faculty at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware.
Trinette Singleton (Ballet Technique, Pointe/Variations) was a principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet for fifteen years, touring throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She was thrust into national prominence in 1967, appearing in the multi-media ballet, Astarte, created on her by her mentor, Robert Joffrey. She was the first American dancer to appear on the cover of the national news magazine – Time. Following her performing years, she was administrative assistant to Robert Joffrey, ballet mistress for the company and a teacher at his New York based school. As a choreographer, her work has won the Outstanding Choreographer Award for the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals. In 2011, she was given the LVAIC Award for Distinguished Service in Dance. Trinette is on the Board of Directors for The Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation. She is also on the Advisory Board for Cecchetti USA and an Honorary Member of Cecchetti International-Classical Ballet. Currently, Trinette is on the faculty at DeSales University where she teaches ballet, pointe and partnering technique, as well as serving as the Director of the Conservatory of Dance. She is Co-Artistic Director of Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown. She also works seasonally with American Repertory Ballet Company, Princeton, NJ. Trinette holds her Licentiate, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, London, England, and her Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, DeSales University.
Jessica C. Warchal-King, (Ballet Technique, Ballet Repertory) MFA, is a Philly based performer, choreographer, educator and arts advocate. She is the Director of The Embodiment Project, LLC and has been a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet since 2009. She has performed for many independent choreographers and organizations in Philadelphia, New York, and the Virginia/DC area. Her choreography has been presented throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Washington DC area, and Virginia. She has created work on students of Temple University, Muhlenberg College, West Chester University, Alvernia University, DeSales University, and Widener University. Jessica is the co-founder and curator of KYL/D's InHale Performance Series, KYL/D's community liaison, and an adjunct faculty member at Widener University. In 2016, Jessica was awarded the Widener University College of Arts & Sciences Part-time Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, Humanities division. She earned her MFA in Dance from Temple University where she was awarded the Rose Vernick MFA Artistic Transformation Award. Jessica earned her BA in Dance and Anthropology from Muhlenberg College where she received the Dance Leadership Award. She is a trained instructor in Dance for PD (Parkinson's Disease), a Power Pilates Mat I & II Certified Instructor, a Reiki practitioner, and a contributor for DanceAdvantage.net. Additionally, Jessica enjoys the quiet energy of the morning, singing cardinals, horseshoe crabs, dragonflies, and the shifting temper of the ocean. www.theembodimentproject.org
Jennifer Dite Weaver (Jazz, Tap) holds an M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University and a BA in Theater and Dance from Muhlenberg College. She has performed with Sesame Street Live, Eidolon Arts, NYC Broadway Cheerleaders, The Princeton Opera, The Pennington Players, Co-Art Dance Company and the Muhlenberg Theatre Association. Her TV/film credits include He Said, She Said with Talk TV International, Marci X with Paramount Pictures, and commercials with Adidas, Bell Atlantic, and Time Warner. She has choreographed Bye Bye Birdie and The Wizard of Oz for Ohev Shalom, Candide for The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, and Jack and The Beanstalk for Playful Productions. Her teaching experience includes adjunct dance faculty at Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, Temple University, and Mercer County Community College. She is a member of Actor’s Equity and is presently full time dance faculty at The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.
Marla Wolfinger (Dance on Camera, Dance Photo Shoot)