Profile

Beth Bender
Master Lecturer

Beth Formica Bender, a.k.a. Bethany Formica, graduated with a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 1994. 

Currently a performer with Cardell Dance Theatre and Curt Haworth, Bethany has been fortunate to work with NYC-based companies such as the Kevin Wynn Collection, Sean Curran, Pearson/Widrig DanceTheatre, Martha Bowers Dance Theatre, Michael Foley Dance, Guido Tuveri, Fancy Stitch Machine, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Steeledance, Kim Whittam; Philadelphia-based companies such as Megan Mazarick,  BoanDanz Action, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Leah Stein Dance Co., White Box Theatre, Ladybird, MacArthur Dance Project, Brian Sanders/JUNK, J. Ferron Hiat, Makoto Hirano, Elisa Lane, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, the Bald Mermaids, Myra Bazell, Kate Watson-Wallace, Jeb Kreager, Lee Etzold, Group Motion, Phillip Grosser, Merge Dance Co., Travis Mesman; Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre (Poland), Koncentrat (Poland); Melina Martin (Argentina); and Sylvain Emard (Montreal), among others. 

Formica has received numerous grants and awards, including an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts (2012), Dances in Public Spaces Grant/Stipend with musician Ken Filiano (2011), Rocky Award (2009), Fellowship for Choreography from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2008), and several Professional Development Awards supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance and Philadelphia Live Arts LAB.

Bethany has taught at Steps Inc. and Dancespace Center in NYC, MassMoca, Rowan University, Dartmouth College, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New World School of the Arts, Texas Woman’s University, Boston University, Bates College, Keene College, University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, Richard Stockton College, Raritan Valley Community College, Georgian Court University, Dancing in the Streets, nEW Festival, Bates Dance Festival, PARD, COSMOS, and internationally in the Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Poland and England.  She has taught elementary and high school residencies for the CHAMPS program on Rowan University’s Camden and Glassboro campuses, and for Philadelphia Dance Projects and Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership, and movement classes for schizophrenic patients at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital.

Her work has been presented in NYC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Bulgaria, Poland, England and Italy. She was the co-director of REACTIONARIES from 2005-2006. In her spare time, she is an avid wood turner, gardener, and house renovator.


Class Schedule, Fall 2014

M,T,TH,F02:30PM - 03:50PMModern & Jazz Dance
M,T,TH,F02:30PM - 03:50PMModern & Jazz Dance

Contact Info

Office: Terra Building 3RD
Tel: 215-717-6110
Fax: 215-717-6109