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Silvana Cardell

Silvana Cardell

Associate Professor


Arts & Science



Office Location:

Wellness Center

Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Wednesdays 12:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Thursdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Educational Background

  • Master of Fine Arts, in Choreography, 2004, Temple University, Philadelphia.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, 1990, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Professional Experience

  • Georgian Court University Dance Program Director; Associate Professor 2009-present. Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey.
  • Cardell Dance Theater; Philadelphia 2009-present. Artist Director.
  • Wilma Theater; Philadelphia 2016-present. Choreographer and Blanka Zizka’s Movement Consultant.
  • The University of The Arts; Philadelphia 2004-2009 Faculty / Guest Artist.
  • Temple University; Philadelphia 2003-2005. Adjunct Faculty.
  • Group Motion Dance Company; Philadelphia. 1987-91 And 2004-2007 Guest Choreographer.
  • SCardell Danza Teatro; Buenos Aires. 1993-2001. Artist Director.
  • Escuela De Danza Del Abasto; Buenos Aires. 1998-2000. Artistic Director.
  • Sala Ana Itelman; Performance SpaceBuenos Aires. 1993-2002. Artistic Director.

Research / Creativity Interest Area

  • I ambition to create imaginative dance works by placing the dancing body at the center of each performance experience. To this end, I develop modes of presentation that engage performers and audiences in active ways. I aim to capture and embody powerful moving images by aligning the physical and emotional components of each movement.
  • My topics of interest are in social practice including Human and Animal Rights. Addressing themes of contemporary life my work reflects my deep commitment dismantling systemic white supremacy that has affected BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) the most.
  • As a choreographer, I intend to connect people by delivering in each of my performances a distinctive and meaningful experience.

Additional Information

In my classes, I connect dance students to their bodies, to their innate ability to move and to grow technically as well as artistically. I invite them to inhabit their bodies respectfully, understanding dance as a field of study that promotes awareness, critical thinking, and creativity. I teach technique and choreography with a sense of history,  acknowledging the origin of movement styles and aesthetics that have preceded us, emphasizing the work of female, queer, and BIPOC artists. I propose pursuing an intelligent body that moves away from pain, seeking healthy and pleasurable ways to dance. I believe that dance has the power to clearly transmit physical and emotional experiences in contemporary life to the fullest. I understand dance as a series of actions and reactions rather than being a  shallow representation of emotions. I teach dancers how to find the most refine responses to each action, subjecting the body to thrilling forces, clear pathways, and rhythmic patterns. My goal is to open up their understanding and of the world we inhabit, encouraging them to embody their ideas becoming the new generation of innovative artists and scholars that the world needs!      


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