Angela Sigley Grossman is an Assistant Professor of Dance at DeSales University. She holds an MFA degree in dance performance and choreography from Temple University and a BA 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, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Baltimore Dance Invitational, and has performed for various local and nationally known independent choreographers. She is on the Board of Directors for Arts Academy Elementary Charter School in Allentown and has also designed lighting for dance performances in the Philadelphia area. Previously, Angela has taught at Temple University and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts.
Julia Mayo is an assistant professor of dance at DeSales University. She 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. 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. She is also a certified Yoga instructor with Mind Body Dancer®.
Tara Madsen Robbins earned her MFA in Performance & Choreography from Smith College, and her BA from Slippery Rock University. She performed/toured with modern dance company Tania Isaac Dance. As a freelance choreographer, Tara has presented her original choreography internationally throughout Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Greece, and Scotland where her work received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Tara has been invited as a guest artist to colleges, universities, performing arts high schools, conventions, dance camps, conferences, festivals, conservatories, as well as many private studios along the east coast. She taught at DeSales University from 2006-2016. Tara is currently on faculty at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware.
Trinette Singleton was a principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet for fifteen years, touring throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She was thrust into national prominence in 1967, appearing in the multi-media ballet, Astarte, created on her by her mentor, Robert Joffrey. She was the first American dancer to appear on the cover of the national news magazine – Time. Following her performing years, she was administrative assistant to Robert Joffrey, ballet mistress for the company and a teacher at his New York based school. As a choreographer, her work has won the Outstanding Choreographer Award for the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals. In 2011, she was given the LVAIC Award for Distinguished Service in Dance. Trinette is on the Board of Directors for The Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation. She is also on the Advisory Board for Cecchetti USA and an Honorary Member of Cecchetti International-Classical Ballet. Currently, Trinette is on the faculty at DeSales University where she teaches ballet, pointe and partnering technique, as well as serving as the Director of the Conservatory of Dance. She is Co-Artistic Director of Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown. She also works seasonally with American Repertory Ballet Company, Princeton, NJ. Trinette holds her Licentiate, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, London, England, and her Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, DeSales University.
Jessica Warchal-King, director of The Embodiment Project, is a Philly-based performer, choreographer, educator, and arts advocate. She earned her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Temple University, where she was awarded a Teaching/ Research Assistantship, a Dance Scholarship, and the Temple University Rose Vernick Award for Artistic Transformation. Jessica earned her BA in Dance and Anthropology from Muhlenberg College where she received the Dance Leadership Award and was the Assistant to the Director of the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center. Jessica is also a trained instructor in Dance for PD - a program developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group to bring dance to people with Parkinson's Disease and a Power Pilates Mat I & II Certified Instructor. Jessica is a member of the internationally recognized modern dance company, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and the regionally recognized contemporary ballet company, Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet. With both companies, Jessica has toured nationally and internationally and has performed at some of the premier dance venues in the US. She has also performed for many independent choreographers in Philadelphia, New York, and the Virginia/ DC area. Her choreography has been presented in venues throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Washington DC area, and Virginia. Jessica is the co-founder and curator of the InHale Performance Series, presented by Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in Philadelphia. Jessica is also a contributor for the dance blog DanceAdvantage.net.
Jennifer Dite Weaver holds an M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University and a BA in Theater and Dance from Muhlenberg College. She has performed with Sesame Street Live, Eidolon Arts, NYC Broadway Cheerleaders, The Princeton Opera, The Pennington Players, Co-Art Dance Company and the Muhlenberg Theatre Association. Her TV/film credits include He Said, She Said with Talk TV International, Marci X with Paramount Pictures, and commercials with Adidas, Bell Atlantic, and Time Warner. She has choreographed Bye Bye Birdie and The Wizard of Oz for Ohev Shalom, Candide for The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, and Jack and The Beanstalk for Playful Productions. Her teaching experience includes adjunct dance faculty at Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, Temple University, and Mercer County Community College. She is a member of Actor’s Equity and is presently full time dance faculty at The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.