Biography for Barbara Bernstein
Barbara Bernstein's blend of academic credentials and dance expertise makes her uniquely suited to directing a program on team building through dance. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland's College of Education. Formerly a college teacher, Bernstein now teaches Salsa dancing full time.
Barbara's dance background includes training in foreign folk dance, ballroom dances (Latin and smooth) as well as Salsa. She directs DanceInTime (URL: DanceInTime.com) which promotes Casino Rueda through classes and performances. In addition to her regular classes at dance studios in the Washington D.C/Baltimore. area, Bernstein has taught at clubs, schools, athletic facilities, work-places, etc. She teaches credit clases at Howard Community College, University of Maryland and George Washington University.
Dance programs have been run at a variety of work-places including various divisions of the Army, Walter Reed Medical Center, the Maryland Health Department, the Census Bureau, General Accounting Office, as well as private firms and schools from elementary to college level.
In addition, Bernstein has arranged Latin dance shows for venues as varied as The Kennedy Center, the Verizon Center, and countless festivals and stages, large and small..
She also produced a CD titled "Rhythm Reminder" (see below) to help students with their timing. This CD is a great tool for teaching and learning. Bernstein writes articles on dance topics for websites and electronic publications such as Salsaweb.com, SalsaFreak.com, and Candela magazine as well as for printed magazines such as Sabor.
Her Dance Company's "Women's Team" performed and Bernstein taught a workshop at the Miami Salsa Congress, which draws dancers from all over the world! They are performing there again in 2010. A DanceInTimeTeam also performed in August 2008 and September 2009 at the New York Salsa Congress, in July 2008 in Puerto Rico, in June/July 2008 and 2009 at the Philadelphia Salsa Congress, and in the 2006, 2007, and 2009 DC Salsa Congresses. DIT also performed at the NY and DC Salsa Congresses again in 2010. In addition Bernstein is teaching several Salsa workshops in Dublin, Ireland March 19th, 2011 at the St. Patrick Salsa Festival.
Biography for Meredith Kaunitz
Ms. Kaunitz is an expert on integrating the arts and the teaching of other skills. Artistically, Meredith is a critically acclaimed actor with almost 100 credits on stage, television, DVD, and behind the scenes. In education, she has taught drama to children and adults, movement to professional track actors, and has coached professional actors for productions and auditions for almost 15 years. Her students have performed in National Tours, Off Broadway productions, and on television.
Being multi-lingual has provided many opportunities to travel, teach, translate and coach. She developed her active learning teaching style while teaching English in Japan where she also served as Head Teacher/Coordinator and created the curriculum for a 2-branch English Conversation School. In the corporate world, Meredith has had the good fortune to learn about business by working a diverse resume of jobs.
The companies Meredith has worked for include Lord Abbott, TMP Worldwide, and Kaiser Permanente. Job titles include stock options administrator, executive administrative assistant, legal assistant, receptionist, and program coordinator. Meredith founded and served as Executive Director for Home for Theater Performers.
As a freelance arts integrator, Meredith has taught professional development workshops to elementary school teachers, and taught residencies and workshops in public schools, private schools and day camps. She has developed an exciting approach to corporate teambuilding in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Bernstein. For more information about Meredith's arts integration programs, see her website at http://meree8.wix.com/activelearning.