Zac Benson (Contemporary Sculpture) graduated with his B.F.A. in sculpture from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2011 and is pursuing an MFA in Studio Art at the University of Maryland. Previously, he lived and worked in the arts full time in New York, New York. His gallery work deals with the relationship between his personal faith and beliefs and his engagement with society while his public sculptures deal with the traditional relationship of scale and form. www.zacbenson.com
Barbara Bernstein (Courses include Beginning and Cuban Salsa) received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Maryland, and also has extensive dance training including Ballroom, Salsa/Rueda, and Foreign Folk dance. She has taught all over the DC area, as well as performing and/or teaching in Puerto Rico, Canada, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, etc. She produced and performed in shows for the Kennedy Center, the Verizon Center, the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, and countless other local venues. For her efforts she received the "Annual Tribute To Women in Salsa" Award for "outstanding dedication to the promotion of a vibrant Salsa community." And she was chosen to judge the "World Salsa/Rueda Championship Contest" at the first two annual competitions (in 2004 and the 2005) at the Salsa Rueda Congress in Miami. In August 2007, her team performed and Bernstein taught a workshop at the prestigious Miami Salsa Congress, which draws dancers from all over the world! Likewise she performed and taught at the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress in July, 2008, one of the biggest Salsa events in the world.
Dan Calloway (Courses include Beginning, Bronze, and Silver International Ballroom Dance) has been competing professionally, coaching and judging for thirty-five years, repeatedly earning the distinctions of “Professional of the Year” and “Top Teacher” at many national level events and within numerous dance organizations. In 1985 Dan was the youngest dual fellow in the world with highly commended fellowships in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the London-based society, which embodies the world’s acknowledged leaders of the dance profession. He has served as the Chairman of Judges at the North American and USA Dance United States National DanceSport Championships and many other national level events. Dan is also the DanceSport coach for the competitive DanceSport teams at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, as well as serving as guest coach at numerous other universities, congresses, and dance camps, including moderating the professional discussion panels at key events in the United States. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature. www.danielcalloway.com
Gina Mai Denn (Courses include Intro and Intermediate Ceramics: Wheel Throwing) has been teaching the pottery wheel to beginners for 10 years, as well as intermediate wheel and hand building with clay. She graduated from Alfred University in upstate New York in 1991 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with Ceramic Art as her major. She moved to Maryland a couple of years after college and found a place to do pottery at the University of Maryland's Art and Learning Center. Within a couple of more years she started teaching at the Greenbelt Community Center's new ceramics studios. We are pleased to have Gina back at the ALC.
Meg Eden's (Poetry Writing) work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com
Stephanie Garibaldi (Strictly Storytelling) has enjoyed teaching storytelling and leading corporate story trainings for the past 10 years as Story District's Educational Director, plus she's performed stories, improv, & stand-up for even longer. Known as the hardest working story coach in the DC Metro area (and possibly the world,) Stephanie has personally coached over a thousand people in the art of storytelling--all part of her mission to spread story love worldwide.
Peter Holden (Courses include Intro and Intermediate Ceramics: Wheel Throwing)has exhibited clay sculpture in group and solo shows in New York and Maryland beginning in 1987. He has also participated area craft shows with functional stoneware and majolica glazed pottery. He maintains a home-based pottery studio and has taught at the Art & Learning Center for twelve years.
Lucia Lima (Courses include Yoga and Modern Dance) has an M.A. in Dance from New York University. She has been teaching yoga, modern dance and Brazilian forro (new class) for five years at the Art and Learning Center. Lucia's yoga training is Hatha yoga based. Her yoga practice is informed by the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo which she has studied for many years. She has been a dance and yoga instructor at the Jewish Community Centers of Rockville and Washington D.C., at the Black Rock Center for the Arts and many studios and schools in the area. She has also taught extensively in her native city Recife, Brazil.
Anna McCormally (Short Story Writing) is a second year student in UMD's fiction writing MFA program. She has a B.A. in Economics and Creative Writing from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and has worked a number of odd jobs, including used bookstore manager and farmer. Her fiction has appeared in The Lost Country, ROAR Magazine, and Quantum Fairy Tales, as well as other places, and she is the author of a novel for teens called The Six Days.