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3972 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742




Barbara Bernstein (Salsa) received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Maryland, and 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. Learn more at Barbara's website

Dan Calloway (Beginning and Intermediate 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.

Luisa "Luy" Cortes (Introduction to Brazilian Samba) is the founder, artistic director, choreographer and principal Samba dancer, 'Passista' of Samba Passion Troupe which represents the authentic Brazilian Samba from Rio de Janeiro. Luisa was the he Coordinator of the Passistas of the Samba School, VaVá United School of Samba, Washington DC for Fiesta DC on 2015.  Luy specializes in training new Samba dancers and choreography. Luy also practices Capoeira, a Brazilian Martial Art. Luy began training in Samba and Salsa, in Colombia and Brazil during her teenage years. She mastered the traditional styles quickly and developed her own style that she found more natural. From age 16 she has been teaching others to dance, and has remained a gifted and committed teacher since that time. Luy was a member of the successful Bogota Samba troupe and performed during 5 years in Colombia receiving several performance awards. In addition, she choreographed many of the most famous award winning Samba performances in Bogota. Luy has trained at the Samba Schools in Brazil and she teaches Samba dancing for kids, and adults at the ALC, different dance academies, and privately. Luy enthusiastically states that the Samba Passion dancers 'Passistas' evoke the essence of the rainhas and musas of carnaval. Luy loves sharing the energy, tradition and passion for the Afro- Brazilian Culture, music and Samba.

Valerie Nilson (Evening Yoga, Yoga Break) is trained in Whole Yoga from the Shambhava Yoga lineage. Her style is heart-centered, meditation-focused practice that is gentle and meets participants at all levels for an approachable introduction to healthy body movement, stretching and awareness of the present moment. Her practices are geared towards relief over everyday and built up stress, becoming centered and reaching balance in our busy lives. Visit her website at

Kaseam Carr (Taekwondo) From the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jackie Chan, and Bruce Lee, Kaseam has been exposed to the world of martial arts. In the fall of 2002, he began taking Taekwondo. Kaseam earned his Black belt in 2008. Kaseam has competed and coached in several tournaments. Kaseam says "Taekwondo has had a profound impact on my everyday life and through teaching I hope to share that experience."


Peter Holden (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.

Leah Schaperow (Intro to Ceramics: Wheel Throwing, Painting the Natural World) is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on ceramics and painting. She is a community artist at the District Clay Center, where she formulates glazes to use on her work. Her art has been featured in exhibitions throughout Maryland and DC, including the MD House of Delegates, Visarts, Glen Echo Park, and Art Enables. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Maryland.

David Brosch (Printmaking)  received his formal training at the University of Maryland, where he graduated with degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts. For the past two decades he has made printmaking his primary artistic focus. A resident artist at Montpelier Arts Center, he has taught printmaking classes there for many years. David has exhibited in numerous venues around the Greater Washington region. Currently, his prints are on display for the month of January at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville. His classes welcome all skill levels and allow students to be creative and expressive through the carving and printing process. Past students have enjoyed David's attention to detail and the time he spends with each student to develop their style. 

Bruce I Campbell (Drawing, Figure Drawing) is an active visual arts instructor and professional artist based in Maryland. He has held the prestigious role of copyist at the National Gallery of Art for over 20 years and is a member of the National Portrait Society and Oil Painters of America. Bruce's exhibitions can be found throughout the DC where he has received multiple awards and recognition for his masterful classical realistic style. Bruce is a current faculty member at the Stone Branch School of Art in Rockville, MD and offers private lessons through his studio, Atelier BIC. He directs a weekly local figure drawing studio and instructs multiple workshops all designed to share the wonders of fine art and creative expression. His passion and effective teaching style have made Bruce a beloved teacher to many student artists. See more at Bruce's website

Ben Barker (Creating the Sketchbook, Portraits, Gouache, En Plein Air) attended Savannah College of Art and Design and Watts Atelier of the Arts in San Diego. He worked for years in the animation industry for companies such as CafeFX and Blizzard Entertainment. Currently he lives and works as a fine artist in University Park. See Ben's work on his website

C. Edward Sellner (Comic Arts) is the founder and Chief Creative Officer for Visionary Creative Services, a production studio that packages comics and prose, as well as providing other creative services. C. Edward is a published writer, artist, editor, and project manager for multiple titles from multiple publishers, including overseeing a digital line of books. See more at C. Edward's website:


Michael G. Stewart (Photo Portraiture)  is a master of photography and is nationally known for his photographs featured in National Geographic, The Washington Post, Guitar Player, The New York Times and many more. Clients include the National Endowment of the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution. He has done extensive work in music and portrait photography with his graphics appearing on over 300 CD and album covers. Visit Michael's website at


Stephanie Garibaldi (Absolutely 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.

Jackson Leas (Basic Guitar) My name is Jackson Leas and I have been playing guitar for 14 years.  I have taught private music lessons for 10 years and I have also taught lessons with Music and Arts, Reverb Music Lessons, Musika Music Lessons, and Richardson School of Music.  I have been teaching the Basic Guitar Class at the Art and Learning Center since 2014.  I have played in various Rock and Jazz bands over the years and have traveled to the Caribbean, New Orleans, and Toronto with the Capital Focus Jazz Band.  We also played alongside actor Kevin Spacey at two of his Galas.  I currently play guitar in a rock group called Boss Company which features an eclectic mix of female vocals, cello, violin, guitar, and bass.  I am starting my Graduate Program at UMD at the School of Public Policy and am a recipient of the Non-Profit Leadership Fellowship Program.  I hope to one day work in the Non-Profit sector and incorporate my love of music into other philanthropic endeavors.