BERNARD GADDIS – Founder and Artistic Director of Contemporary West Dance Theater in Las Vegas, Gaddis had a professional career as a principal dancer with Philadanco! and Alvin Ailey performing nationally and internationally with these and many other notable companies including Oakland Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Koresh, and Pennsylvania Ballet, He also founded Philadanco’s second company D2, performed on Broadway, and is a master teacher in Horton, Ballet, Dunham, & African.
JIM BUNTING – Founder and Artistic Director of Jim Bunting Dance Company, Bunting was a former principal dancer with Koresh. He received his BFA in dance from University of the Arts and has been an adjunct professor of dance at Drexel Hill University since 2007. He has been comissioned for works in the Philadelphia area including Koresh, The Pennsylvania Ballet, and The University of the Arts, also teaches ballroom dance specializing in Latin Salsa and Argentine Tango.
MAGGE HOELPER – Former company member with Mystic Ballet, Hoelper has participated in International competitions most notably winning first prize in pas de deux at the Barcelona International Dance Competition. Her performance highlights include a guest artistry with the Companie Ballet de Nicaragua.
JOSEPH CIANCIULLI – Former dancer with Louisville Ballet, Cianciulli received a Bachelor degree in Concert Piano and Voice and Opera from Temple University. He served as principal pianist for the Pennsylvania Ballet from 2018 to 2022 and has taught musical theater dance to the Academy students and professionals there and throughout the Philadelphia suburbs.