Tim Cowart Chair, DeSales University Dance Department, has performed nationally and internationally as a company member of the Lewitzky Dance Company, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy. His research interests are in modern dance partnering, dance on camera, and in the history, life, and work of early modern dance pioneer Michio Ito. He teaches all levels of modern, contact improvisation, dance on camera, dance history, and dance in world cultures.
Edit Ginsberg teaches all levels of private and group yoga classes. Her “stretch and flow” approach to yoga practice combines hatha’s deep stretching and relaxation with the fluidity of ashtanga. She earned her 200 hour certification at Jai Yoga, and holds a BS in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University.
Angela Sigley Grossman is an Assistant Professor of Dance at DeSales University. She holds an M.F.A. degree in dance performance and choreography from Temple University and a B.A. degree in dance as a magna cum laude graduate of DeSales University. Angela has presented choreographic work at Temple University, St. Gregory's University, DeSales University, the American College Dance Association, and in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and has performed for various local and nationally known independent choreographers. Angela has also designed lighting for dance performances in the Philadelphia area. Previously, she has taught at Temple University and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts.
Julia Mayo is a native of Louisiana, where she performed with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater under the direction of Molly Buchmann and Sharon Mathews. Julia continued her dance training in New York City and holds a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, and an MFA in dance performance and choreography from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. Julia has worked directly with choreographers Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton, Seán Curran and Jacquelyn Buglisi and has performed repertory by Paul Taylor, Mark Morris and Antony Tudor. Julia was a member of Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and has performed nationally and internationally with various companies. Her choreography has been performed throughout New York City, Wyoming, and Louisiana. Julia was on faculty at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education for three years working with students of all ages, including their pre-professional division. Prior to joining the DeSales University faculty, she served as the director of the dance program for Western Wyoming Community College.
Janet Peck, now in her eighth season as the artistic director of the N’Bönyé Dance and Drum Ensemble, is inspired to help all individuals truly appreciate the enthusiasm, spirit, and our essential humanity of African dance. She conducts West African dance residencies and assemblies, and dances and drums with the interactive drumming program Livin’ in the Rhythm, holds classes in the Lancaster School District’s HeadsUpLancaster Program, and directs Wan Ta Nara, the teen West African dance program at the Olivet Boys & Girls Club in Reading. She co-hosts an annual study abroad program in Guinea, West Africa.
Tara Madsen Robbins is a professional performer, choreographer and educator based in Philadelphia. She performed with the modern dance company Tania Isaac Dance where they performed the evening length works of “Standpipe” & “Stuporwoman.” The company toured nationally to Jacobs Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place, Aaron Davis Hall-Harlem Stage, as well as many college residencies. As a freelance choreographer, Tara has presented her work internationally throughout Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Greece and Scotland where her work received critical acclaim. Nationally, she has presented her work throughout Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Louisville, Tulsa, Madison, Durham, Monterey, and Washington D.C. She earned her MFA in Performance & Choreography from Smith College where she was awarded a teaching fellowship and full tuition scholarship. She earned her BA from Slippery Rock University where she was awarded the Lucy Isacco Sack Scholarship as well as The Outstanding Choreography Award in the Department of Dance. She has been Adjunct Faculty in the dance department at DeSales University since 2006 and also teaches at Montgomery County Community College. She teaches a variety of courses including all levels of contemporary modern, jazz and tap technique, Dance Composition, Introduction to Dance, Repertory, and Improvisation. Tara has served as a Guest Artist where her choreography was commissioned by Bucknell University, SUNY University at Buffalo, Northampton County College and William Allen High School. She has been invited as a master teacher/ choreographer to various venues including dance camps, festivals, conventions, conservatories as well as many private studios along east coast. Tara is also a licensed GYROTONIC® instructor.