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. 

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.



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. 


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.

C-I Training

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.


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A Dance Workshop hosted by Iris Company 

Fall 2019

A full day workshop consisting of company repertoire, technique classes, and conditioning geared towards pre-professional dancers. Joan assisted with Modern and Company repertoire, and taught C-I Training™.

More info HERE.




What did you enjoy most about this class?

"The strengthening, especially arms, core and feet and ankles! I also like stretching out at the end so that you're not tense." –Student, 14

"I got more flexible!" –Student, 9

Did you feel C-I Training™ was helpful in your other dance classes?

"Definitely. Especially en pointe. I feel like it made me stronger overall." –Student, 14

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