Pat Albright: Teacher of yoga over 12 years; studied extensively with senior level Iyengar teachers since the 70's; taught for Thomas Jefferson University, The Women's Fitness Club, The M.S. Society, Interact Senior Center & Moving Arts Studio of Mt. Airy.
Jessica Ardis: Used to toil in a quiet research lab at Penn, trying to solve impossible problems in Neuroscience which approximately 4 other people on earth cared about. Then she decided she would rather be dancing! She teaches ZUMBA® fitness, yoga, and general fitness at various spots in Philadelphia. AFAA certified in group exercise, CPR Red Cross. For more info please visit http://www.phillyzumba.com/.
Ken Beidler: s a potter living and working in Philadelphia. He discovered clay as a child living in Indonesia. Study of clay continued in high school art classes and recently through internships and apprenticeships at the Clay Studio, the Main Line Art Center and through study with local ceramic artists. Ken worked for a year and a half as a studio assistant for Brad Johnson, a ceramic artist in Havertown, Pa. As a member of the Pa. Guild of Craftsmen, Ken has featured his work in local juried arts and crafts shows. You can learn more about Ken and view his work at http://beidlerpottery.com/.
Kelly Chancey: Loves to dance for self-expression, exercise, and relaxation, but mostly to have fun! Has always wished there was somewhere to go out dancing just for the fun of it without the meet market or late-night hours of dance clubs. Former certified instructor with Arthur Murray International. Specializes in breaking down steps to help beginners develop confidence, look great and feel fantastic!
Art Cohen: Has been working with clay since 1978; learned to throw on the wheel at Brooklyn Museum Art School; studied Art & Ceramics at Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Ann de Forest: Lives and writes in University City. Her short stories have appeared in Timber Creek Review, Open City, and Pif, and been performed at Interact Theatre's short fiction showcase Writing Aloud. She has also written extensively for magazines and newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and USAirways inflight magazine. In addition to running the Creative Writing Club at Penn Alexander for the past 5 years, she teaches narrative techniques in the graphic design department at the University of the Arts. She has recently completed a novel, the first volume in The World Writers trilogy for middle-grade readers.
Sharon Doerner: Michigan State University, B.A; studied at Moore College of Art; has worked as a photographer's representative & freelance; exhibits locally; won Perkins award.
Ronald Dukes, Jr: Trained in Capoeira regional & Angola for 10 years; also, comprehensive training in Tae Kwondo, Kenpo Karate & Kick Boxing Certified fitness & aerobic instructor. Ron is the newly hired Fitness Coordinator for Temple University.
Kirsten Erwin: Has studied T'ai chi since 1982 and is currently a senior student of Sibok Robert Kassof. Related areas of training include long and short Yang T'ai Chi forms, Qigong, Reiki, Kung Fu and meditation. Certified instructor of T'ai Chi for arthritis. In addition to UCAL, she teaches regularly in Upper Darby and for Mt. Airy Learning Tree.
Dave Fowler: was born in a small town in New Hampshire in 1957. He always liked "Playin in the Mud" and has not stopped. Dave took his first pottery class in 1974 at the League of New Hampshire Craftsman in Exeter. His instructor was Lorraine Dilmore. He learned very quickly and developed skills that enable him to teach others the basics in wheel throwing; which he did at the Market Basket in Portsmouth N. H. In 1977, David moved to Atlanta Georgia and continued throwing at Callenwolde Fine Arts Center in the Midtown area. Over the next 30+ years, he was busy getting married, driving a truck and watching 2 kids grow up way too fast (Daniel & Emily). In January 2008 he re-entered the World of the Potter. Dave has since moved here in Philly, (right around the corner!), landed here at UCAL and is in charge of overseeing the operation of the kilns and the firing. Check out his work and other info at http://www.fatmanspottery.com/.
Dolores Luis Gmitter: MEd, Temple U. Teaches at Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College & School District of Philadelphia; School coordinator/dance artist at the Institute for the Arts in Education. Dancer with Flamenco Ole Dance Co.
Leonard Gontarek: The author of St.Genevieve Watching Over Paris, Van Morrison Can't Find His Feet, Zen For Beginners and Deja vu Diner (Autumn House Press, 2006). He is the editor of This is Forever The Room and The Balloonists Are Coming Back From the Clouds, anthologies of children's poetry. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies such as American Poetry Review, New England Review, Mudfish, The Best American Poetry 2005 among others. His poetry has been awarded prizes by the Atlanta Review, Poet's Attic, Mad Poet's Review and Mudfish Magazine. He was twice nominated for Pushcart Prizes and twice received poetry fellowships from the PA. Council on the Arts. http://www.leafscape.org/LeonardGontarek/
Gabriele Guma: Is a well known musician and former leading dancer with Philadanco, Joffrey II The Dancers, Takashi Watanabe (Japan) as well as international instructor and currently ballet master at the Rock School for Dance Education.
Anne-Marie Mulgrew: MFA, Temple University; artistic director, Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Co. Served as adjunct faculty at Temple, Penn State and College of NJ; Education Director for Dance Affiliates/ Dance Celebration; Roster artist for NJ and PA Council on the Arts in Ed program; choreographer/dancer for the stage, festivals, specific sites & film/TV. PR person for UCAL. Visit her Web site at http://www.annemariemulgrewdancersco.org/.
Kelly Ray: BA, U. of CA. Extensive study & experience in ballroom, Argentine tango, Latin club dance & swing dance, as well as international folk dance. Performs with Janosik Polish Dance Ensemble. Has had extensive tango study in Argentina. http://www.dancephiladelphia.com/
Priscilla Sepe: Has a BS, Cornell University. Current student at Jefferson Medical College, student of ceramic arts and sculpture for the past five years. Has attended workshops on Japanese pottery, tool-making, use of local clay bodies, altered shapes, painting and figure sculpting. Taught Ceramics classes and workshops at Cornell Ceramics Studio for three years, from 2004 to 2006. See some of her work at http://www.myspace.com/alligator28.