Silvana Cardell, a choreographer, dancer and an educator , is the director of the dance program at Georgian Court University. Prior to joining GCU, she served on the faculty at the School of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Ms. Cardell holds a B.F.A. in Dance from University of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Choreography from Temple University, both in Philadelphia. A dancer with the Adriana Coll Dance Company in Buenos Aires, Argentina and later on a dancer, choreographer and artistic co-director at Group Motion Dance Company in Philadelphia. In addition to being a founding member of CoCoA-Datei, a nonprofit organization devoted to developing dance in Argentina, she also directed her own dance company and dance school. She and her husband, architect Pablo Meninato, created the Sala Ana Itelman, a performance space that showcased mainstream and avant-grade national and international artists, sponsored by Instituto Nacional del Teatro and Secretaria de Cultura de la Nacion.
Ms. Cardell has been invited to teach at major dance and theater festivals throughout Latin America, and her choreography has been awarded, sponsored, and commissioned internationally by several organizations, including: Antorchas Foundation, Instituto Nacional de Teatro, Secretaria de Cultura de la Ciudad, Red Latinoamericana de Productores de Danza y Teatro, Teatro Gral San Martin, Presidente Alvear, and Teatro de las Provincias. In the United States, her work has been presented by Group Motion, the American Dance College Festival, the University of the Arts, and Swarthmore College. Currently, she collaborates and performs with Group Motion Dance Company, and she directs both Cardell Dance Theater and the Choreography Research Center at Mt. Vernon Dance Space in Philadelphia. You can find Ms. Cardell's personal page, here.
Erin Bonczek, assistant professor and coordinator of dance, teaches ballet and jazz. She also teaches Pilates and yoga for the GCU's Department of Physical Education. She received her B.F.A. in Jazz and Dance Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she received the Promising Artist Scholarship for four years. She also studied at the Joffrey Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet and trained under the instruction of such dance masters as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Suzanne Farrell, and tap legend Lavon Robinson. Mrs. Bonczek has performed works choreographed by Mia Michaels, and has performed for George Faison, choreographer for Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, the Alvin Ailey Company and such shows as The Wiz. Mrs. Bonczek has been the adjudicator for the Teen Arts festival since 2012. She has won many awards for performing and choreography and is the former director of Shore Performing Arts Center in Monmouth County.
William Robinson , teaches modern dance technique based on the work of choreographer Paul Taylor. He holds a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and was awarded the school’s prestigious President’s Award, along with the 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Modern Dance award.
Mr. Robinson has also taught modern dance technique based on the work of Doris Humphrey at Temple University in Philadelphia, and is currently a member of Cardell Dance Theatre and Brian Sanders’ JUNK, both based in Philadelphia. He has also worked with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Momix, Group Motion, Curt Haworth, Wally Cardona, Rennie Harris, David Crosby, and Raven Symone. In January 2010, Mr. Robinson will begin work on the Local Dance History Project as part of the Philadelphia Dance Projects.
Zachary Svoboda, lecturer in dance, is a native of Kansas City who earned his B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Mr. Svoboda has performed in many venues, from Philadelphia's City Hall to house parties, as well as internationally in Paris, Guatemala City, and Tokyo. During the month of August, he danced at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard. Beyond his work at GCU, Mr. Svoboda is the associate producing director of The Philadiction Movement and has danced with artists such as Oscar Araiz, Myra Bazell, Megan Bridge, Silvana Cardell, Wally Cardona, Manfred Fischbeck, Curt Haworth, Myriam Herve-Gil, Akiko Kitamura, Lisa Kraus, Kenshi Nomi, and Kate Watson-Wallace/Anonymous Bodies.
Hee Ra Yoo, Assistant Professor at Georgian Court University.
Originally from Kwang-Ju, Korea, Hee Ra Yoo trained at the Um Ballet School in Korea until she was invited to work with the Kirov Ballet in Russia. Ms. Yoo has danced with the Korean National Ballet and the California Ballet, and has taught ballet for the Australian Olympic Gymnastics Team, the Korean National Rhythmic Gymnastic Team, at Tulane University in New Orleans. Ms. Yoo received her MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
.....about her technique classes
A 21st century dancer needs to be adaptive, fast, and diverse. This class introduces basic classical technique and also layers new ideas. I’m excited to discover new ways to move that include the use of space, directional changes, and parallel work. Students will find that proper parallel work improves their turn out. My class will build a foundation in ballet for those with a background in other forms of dance and for those new to dance altogether.
Creating a twist on classical ballet technique, my class will explore concepts that help create a well-versed dancer. In traditional ballet, dancers always face the audience. In my class, I will add directional changes that allow students to explore all the space on the stage, opening many new possibilities. In barre and center work, we will add variations to traditional ballet combinations. In my class, I will introduce the use of retrograde, cannon, and accumulation to help create a versatile 21st century dancer.
Steve Vaughn was born in Iowa City, IA.
Steve graduated in May 2009 from the University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance.
While attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia he was given the opportunity to perform works by Silvana Cardell, Martha Graham, and Twyla Tharp, among others while allowing him to present his own choreography.
His college career also afforded him the privilege of working professionally with Diane Sharp-Nachsin's SHARP Dance Company, Scott Jovovich in Brandywine Ballet Theater, Zane Booker and his Smoke, Lillies, Jade Arts Initiative, and Brian Sanders' JUNK.
Steven joined Parsons Dance in June 2008 as an apprentice and become an official company member in August 2009.
Beau Hancock: B.A. in Dance and American Studies, University of Kansas
M.F.A. in Dance, Temple University
Beau Hancock is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher.
Beau’s own choreography has been presented at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Wesbeth Art Gallery, Movement Research at DTW, the Flea Theater, and Chi Movement Arts Center as a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Painted Bride Arts Center as a new Festival Artist-In-Residence. In 2010, he presented a site-specific performance in Clark Park, West Philadelphia in conjunction with the Bodies of Text series sponsored by the Philadelphia Center for the Book. Beau was a Choreographic Guest Artist at Georgian Court University and with Catalyst Dance Company at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, and has taught master classes and workshops at the University of Kansas, Indiana University, Wayne State University, Juniata College, Girard College, and Café Dance (in Austin, Texas). He is currently adjunct faculty member at both Temple University and Rowan University.
As a performer, Beau has had the pleasure to work with Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Ellen Cornfield/cornfield dance, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Merian Soto/Performance Practice, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Bronwen MacArther/MacArther Dance Project, Olive Prince Dance, and Miro Dance Theatre.