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Cynthia Hennessy
Cynthia Hennessy

Cynthia Hennessy (Founder / Director, Choreographer) was born in St. Petersburg and has rarely sat still since.  She swam, walked, and then danced, in that order. At age twelve thru high school she performed with the St. Petersburg Concert Ballet, and then went on to Florida State University, earning a BFA in Dance. Cindy worked extensively with her mentor, the late Barton Mumaw, principal dancer for Ted Shawn, reconstructing select Shawn pieces and exploring the influence of Delsarte movement principals. In the last 8 years she has focused on Skinner Releasing and improvisation, earning her Skinner Teacher Certification. Ms. Hennessy has been teaching and choreographing at St. Petersburg College since 1982 and has taught and choreographed at Eckerd College, the Pinellas County Center for the Arts, University of South Florida and many workshops in the area. Her dances have also been produced by the University of Tampa, Florida Dance Festivals, the Southeastern Regional College Dance Festival, First Night celebrations, Off Center Theater, as a part of the Vision’s of Peace Project in Paris, France, Byron Carlyle Theater in Miami and most in HAIR for American Stage in the Park. For the Last eight years she has been commissioned by the Arts County of Hillsborough County to teach and create projects for Forever Moving Dancers, a group of seniors 54 and up. Each summer she returns to teaching children at the Fleming Fine Arts Camp held annually at Berkeley Preparatory School. In 2002 Cynthia was voted Best Choreographer by the Weekly Planet, she received an Individual Artist Grant from the Arts County of Hillsborough County in 2005, honored as 2006 Tampa Bay Treasured Artist ofthe Year and was awarded an Individual Artist fellowship by the Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs. Ms. Hennessy serves as a member of the Artist Advisory Committee for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and on the executive board of the Florida Dance Association. Cynthia’s greatest award has been the privilege of working with many dedicated teachers, students, professional dancers and artists, who have given many hours of their talent to her creative endeavors. She is grateful for all that she has learned from them.

Brian Dean Fidalgo II
Brian Dean Fidalgo IIBrian Fidalgo (Director, Choreographer, Dancer) is a 3rd generation Tampanian. He has been an active member of the arts in Tampa for over 18 years, performing with Spanish Lyric Theatre and The Florida Orchestra. While attending Blake Performing Arts High School dance called to him. It was there he fell in love with the duality of physicality and emotion without vocal expression. He received professional training from high school through college in both classical and modern dance forms.  He has been a performing member with Gaudere Danza, Moving Current Dance Collective, Fuzion Dance, Moving Ethos Dance Company and Ledges and Bones.  Performing nationally and abroad as an independent artist, his projects have led him to California, Utah, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, and Colombia. He has had the pleasure of working with inspiring choreographers such as: Holly Johnston, Paul Matteson, Lynne Wimmer, Nina Watt, and Andy & Dionne Noble. He was recently the NewGrounds Choreographer in Residence at the Florida Dance Festival.  He is currently choreographing dance works for S.L.T. Productions and St. Pete College, as well as, pursing a Bachelor in Information System Security from the University of Phoenix. In his free time he enjoys teaching Open Class for Moving Current Dance Collective as they allow him to give back the dance that has improved his life in every way.

 

Founders...

Erin Cardinal

Erin CardinalErin Cardinal (Founder, Choreographer, Dancer) has had the privilege of dancing throughout her entire life. So far, her favorite memories as a dancer include staring in many family room productions for supportive family and friends, tap dancing her way through high school as a member of Dunedin High School’s Thespian Troop 2177, falling in love with the Bates Dance Festival, earning her BA in Dance From the University of South Florida, rehearsing in a 3rd floor walkup in New York with Pedro Alejandro Dance, performing with Elsa Valbuena at St. Marks Church, NY, traveling to Castano Primo, Italy with Jeanne Travers and finding her way back to Tampa, to witness the birth of Moving Current Dance Collective as one of its three artistic directors. With Moving Current, Erin has had the honor of working with a stunning collection of dancers and some of the most extraordinary choreographers. Now, she is not only a dancer, but a teacher, dance advocate and a creator of her own work. Erin stumbled into teaching ballet, modern and choreography at Blake High School for the Arts, which provided some of the most gratifying experiences in her career. She has also choreographed/taught for the University of South Florida, Dr. Phillips High School, St. Petersburg College, Hillsborough Community College and at the Florida Dance Festival with Moving Current (Company in Residence) and others. With these and so many more experiences, Erin has learned that dance is a gift that can be shared with integrity, humility and passion.