Nancy Berman Kantra is Associate Professor and Head of Dance/Movement in the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts, where she has been training actors and dancers since 1983.
A Philadelphia native, Kantra first studied with Thomas Cannon of the Littlefield Ballet Company, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Dance Academy, Harkness Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her performing and training experience includes collaborations with master teachers and choreographers Louis Johnson, Pearl Primus, Rudolph Nureyev and Twyla Tharp. She was soloist with Philadanco from 1978 to 1985 and continues her association with "Danco" in anniversary and fund-raising concerts.
Kantra is the Artistic Director of Penn Dance at the University of Pennsylvania and choreographer and teacher for fusion2 and the Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center, where she teaches ballet, pointe, jazz and Labanotation. She has been cited for choreographic excellence by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, recognized by the Barrymore Awards Committee for her dance contribution, honored by the Girl Scouts of America her for commitment to the instruction of young women of Philadelphia, and student nominated multiple times for her excellent teaching. She appears in the 2002, 2004 and 2005 editions of Who's Who in America's Teachers.
Kantra holds degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of the Arts. Recent choreographic credits include "Into The Woods" and "The Cradle Will Rock."