Department of Dance: Faculty
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. Ms. 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. Ms. Bonczek has also performed with the José Limón Choreographic Offering. 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.
Amanda Lenox, lecturer in dance, teaches ballet, dance history, and dance wellness. She earned her B.F.A. in Modern Dance Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she was awarded with the Education Department's Excellence in Achievement Award. She has performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Momix, and nationally and internationally with Koresh Dance Company. Ms. Lenox has also danced professionally for several famous musicians, including Leann Rimes, Toby Keith, and Creed. She currently serves as the director of Springton Dance Academy’s youth ensemble in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
Caitlin Quinn, lecturer in dance, received her M.F.A in Dance from Temple University in Philadelphia and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Dance and a concentration in performance and choreography from Goucher College in Baltimore. She also teaches at Temple University.
Ms. Quinn has toured with ClancyWorks Dance Company, under the direction of Adrienne Clancy. She has worked with artists such as Ann Hutchinson Guest, founder of the Language of Dance Centre in London; Mino Nicolas; Ed Tyler; Tiffany Mills; Beverly Brown; Eva Gholson; Merián Soto; Nicole Canuso; Amanda Thom Woodson; Juliet Forrest; and Glenna Blessing. She has been a guest artist and instructed master classes at numerous schools and colleges on the East Coast. She also has been a lighting designer and stage manager for companies such as Kun-Yang Lin Dancers, BoanDanz Action, So Go No, and GeoDance. Ms. Quinn continues to perform professionally in addition to presenting her own work in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey.
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 Fishbeck, Curt Haworth, Myriam Herve-Gil, Akiko Kitamura, Lisa Kraus, Kenshi Nomi, and Kate Watson-Wallace/Anonymous Bodies.
Judie Jensen is the owner of Expressions & Reflections, a firm that encompasses all of her music-based activities, including teaching and performing. She has been teaching for more than 38 years. Expressions and Reflections currently has a student roster of over 90 students, all of whom are taught piano, voice and/or guitar by Judie personally. In 2008, Judie and Expressions and Reflections were named Entrepreneur of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners—Women’s Business Center
Her educational background includes a degree in music theory, application, performance and directing from Moraine Valley College in Illinois and six years of instruction at the Bortolli Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois.
On the performance side, Judie has been performing for over 40 years. She has served as Musical Director for several community theater groups and churches. She can be found performing vocally and at the piano in many venues throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties. In addition, Judie is currently the accompanist for the Dance Program at Georgian Court University.