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© 2019 JOAN H. PADEO


Rafael Hernandez

Joan currently teaches Ballet, Pointe, Modern/Contemporary, and Creative Movement to students pre-K through 12. Additionally, she studied Dance Pedagogy and earned her C-I Training™ Certification under distinguished dance science researcher and professor, Donna Krasnow. C-I Training™ (Conditioning-with-Imagery) is a body conditioning system made for, but not limited to, dancers. This system addresses muscle imbalances, efficient patterning, and helps prevent injury by promoting correct alignment. Joan uses this system when teaching students of all ages.

If you are  a student (or family member of a student) of Miss Joan's and wish to share feedback on your experience with her, please proceed to the bottom of the page. Your feedback is a helpful tool Miss Joan uses to inform her future classes. 


Classes are influenced by Joan's highly disciplined, classical upbringing under RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) Testing. Specifically for students newer to Ballet, she places emphasis on understanding the spirit of the task while the body works toward what the brain wants it to do. 


Joan aims to cultivate a safe space for learning where risk taking, curiosity, and testing one's own boundaries is encouraged. By valuing proper alignment and correct patterning, the student will become a more efficient mover with more access to their body. Students will also develop a critical eye able to identify nuances in movement. Through questioning, students will exercise problem solving skills ultimately developing individual and proactive thinkers and movers. 

Modern, Contemporary, & Improvisation

Classes are informed by Joan's extensive training in contemporary, improvisation, and Modern (Horton, Laban/Bartenieff, Limón, release technique) that she received from The Boston Conservatory (associate alumni) and California Institute of the Arts (BFA Choreography & Performance). Her classes work toward clarity and specificity of movement, and using the most efficient pathway. Through imagery cues, students are more easily able to access specific points of initiation and find greater range of motion.

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• Did you have an experience that impacted you over the course of the session or semester/year? Please share your experience here.  *Specific examples are helpful

• Do you feel you've grown technically and/or artistically since having Miss Joan as your teacher? What parts of class do you think helped or didn't help you progress?

• What could have made your experience in Miss Joan's classes more beneficial to your personal and artistic growth?

• Any other thoughts you may have are welcome