Instructors & Coordinators

Artistic Director

Silvana Cardell is a Philadelphia-based award-winning choreographer, dancer, and educator. She is the Artistic Director at Cardell Dance Theater and the Director of the Dance Program at Georgian Court University. Prior to working at GCU, she worked as faculty for the School of Dance at The University of the Arts.

Informal Showing Coordinator

Olive Prince, dancer, educator, and choreographer, has worked professionally in Philadelphia since 2005. She has been a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since    2007 and has worked extensively with Group Motion, Merian Soto, and Silvana Cardell. She is the artistic director of Olive Prince Dance where her choreography has been presented at the 2010 Live Arts Festival, the International Youth Festival in Singapore, the International Contemporary Dance Conference, New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Joyce Soho, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the CEC Resident Artist Series, the nEW Festival and as part of the Susan Hess Choreographer’s Project where she was a resident artist. Prince has taught and choreographed at many universities and is presently an Adjunct Professor in Dance at Drexel University. Originally from Rochester NY, Prince received her MFA in Dance from Temple University.

Company Class Coordinator

William Robinson holds a BFA 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. 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, the Local Dance History Project as part of the Philadelphia Dance Projects.

Development Coordinator

Paula Meninato at the Embassy of Argentina

Paula Meninato is an Argentine-born American artist, entrepreneur, public speaker, academic, and community organizer. She completed the Masters in Arts programm at Plymouth College of Art in Plymouth, UK and graduated from Tyler School of Art with a BFA, a Full-Tuition Merit Presidential Scholarship, and the Dean’s Grant for Student Research. She has curated art events at Tate Modern, Philadelphia City Hall, and The School District of Philadelphia. Her first solo exhibition was at The Embassy of Argentina in Washington, DC and she has given 300+ speaking engagements around the world, including Barcelona, Berlin, London, Luxembourg, Sweden, and Vienna. 

You can find more information about Paula and her art at  http://paulameninato.com

Instructors

Marion Ramirez es a Puerto Rican dance artist dedicated to the art of improvisation as a tool for experiencing bodily agency and empathy. She has choreographed, performed, and taught Contact Improvisation in numerous dance festivals, university residencies and, events across the US, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Cuba, Germany, and the UK. Since 2003, she has been immersed in the practice of Kinetic Awareness and Body-Mind Centering®, and is currently completing a Certification in Somatic Movement Therapy (Dynamic Embodiment™) with Dr. Martha Eddy. She teaches Contact Improvisation and Somatics at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her most recent works include the choreographic commissionI see you, choreographed for The Fathering Circle,and presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and extensive creative collaborations with Jungwoong Kim, including the development ofSaltSoulpresented at Asian Arts Initiative. She holds a BFA from The Laban Center London and an MFA at Temple University. 

As a movement specialist, she has developed CARACOl, a somatic approach to touch and movement for strengthening bonds across generations she applies it to community arts work and curriculum. Marion has offered this work in professional development for teachers at TAG (Teaching Artist Group) and Children’s Community School in Philadelphia, as well as workshops at NDEO Somatic Conference and BMC conference in the US. She was Movement and Spanish language specialist at CCS, Green Towne Montesorri School in PA, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange in NY. Marion currently teaches at Temple University’s dance department. for more marionramirez.com

Karen A. Fuhrman has her M.A. from NYU in choreography and specializes in both ground and aerial dance. She is currently an adjunct professor at De Sales University. She has performed with Pilobolus, seen with 2007 Oscars Award Show, Ellen Degeneres, Good Morning America, and twice on the Conan O’ Brian show. Other credits include Cavalia of Cirque du Soleil, De La Guarda, and MOMIX.  She has also danced for the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, MTV, PBS, ABC, and SHOWTIME.  She has toured and taught aerial and dance in extensive venues throughout the world. 

 Grounded Aerial®has appeared at Yerba Buena’s Art Festival, Microsoft’s worldwide Vista launch, benefits in Lake Tahoe, Limelight night club (NYC), Company y Company (Barcelona, Spain), Bidvest International Awards Ceremony (South Africa), Skirball Theater (NYC), Baila! (Palace of Culture in Guatemala City), Spiderman II release party, Usher (NYC Gala), Madeski, Martin, and Wood Concert (Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC), the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the ESPY awards for ESPN, the Lincoln Center NYC, America’s Got Talent, Beach House music video, Studio 54, an opening in Lagos, Nigeria, Sleep No More (Broadway), and debuted on Broadway’s musical Matilda.  Ms. Fuhrman wrote, directed and produced an aerial play, Insectinside, which premiered in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. Grounded Aerial® performed and taught in Guatemala City for the World Cup. Grounded Aerial® offers dance, bungee, and other aerial workshops nationally and internationally. Ms. Fuhrman’s choreography can also be seen on NBC’s primetime show, “I Can Do That!” She conceptualized a 35-minute aerial play, performed on the side of a 22-strory building, for the Rochester Fringe Festival. Grounded Aerial® has certified over 160 people around the world in the 13 different countries. Most recently, her aerial piece “Time” was performed and highlighted in the Guggenheim Museum, New York City. 

Ama Ma’at Gora, Brooklyn native, is a choreographer, educator and dance artist. She received her BA in Dance from Georgian Court University and is a current MFA candidate at Temple University. Throughout her career, she has been featured in choreographies by Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Earl Moseley, Dr. S. Ama Wray, Karen Love, Darrell Moultrie, Gregory King, Sidra Bell and more. As a Philadelphia resident since 2017, she tours with Cardell Dance Theater, writes for The Black Dance Magazine, and holds a position as Community- Based Learning Director at Drexel University. An alumnus of Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute (‘17 &‘19) as well as the founder and artistic director of Ma’at Works Dance Collective (‘17). Her works have premiered at Judson Church, Bridge for Dance, the Koresh Artist Showcase, The Golden Ratio, and Leah Stein’s Art Room. She believes in storytelling, lineage, and collectivism through dance.

Hassan Syed is a dancer and choreographer from New Jersey. He holds a BFA in Dance from Georgian Court University. Under director Silvana Cardell at GCU, Hassan has was worked with artists such as Sidra Bell, Les twins, Stefanie Batten Bland, David Parsons, Gregory King, and Randy James and was awarded first honors in choreography, of his graduating class. Currently, he is a candidate in the MFA in Choreography at Temple University. Hassan is a recipient of the Leadership Scholarship while attending American Dance Festival.

Megan Midgley holds a BA in Dance from Georgian Court University, where she has performed works by innovative guest choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Stephanie Batten Bland, Gregory King, and Daniel Gwiterzman She has also trained with well-known dance companies such as Pillobolus, Parsons Dance, Koresh and has attended international programs at ImpulseTanz and Dance Italia. She is currently a member of Cardell Dance Theater located in Philadelphia, with whom she has toured nationally and internationally. 

Leilani Chirino started dancing at the age of three at the Conservatorio de las Artes de Conchita Espinosa, a Cuban arts academy founded in Havana, Cuba. She later became principal dancer for Ballet Mediterráneo under the leadership of Ada Linares, specializing in flamenco, ballet, and modern dance. While training in the classical dances at school, she was raised in Afro-Cuban religions at home, exposing her to the music and dances from an early age. Since moving to Philadelphia, she has performed at the Koresh Artist Showcase, the Koresh Come Together Dance Festival, the Painted Bride, World Café Live, Fringe Arts, the Museum of Art, and the Barnes Foundation. She has also taught and performed at dance congresses in San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta. She is currently an instructor of Afro-Cuban Dances at Urban Movement Arts and is Artistic Director of Timbeque – a contemporary Afro-Cuban dance and drum ensemble.