has been actively dancing for sixteen years. Being introduced in a summer musical
theatre class in British Columbia, he was hooked. Initially participating in
tap, he added Jazz and Musical Theatre to his curriculum. Early in his artistic
career, he competed in many competitions including the Canadian Nationals, where
he placed first in Regional's for a Character Duo
Upon relocating to Nova Scotia, Joel continued on with dance carrying on with
Tap and Jazz classes, he also added Ballet and Traditional Step Dancing to his
dance portfolio. He competed in a multitude of BATD (British Association of
Teachers of Dance) festivals, with numerous first place wins in both Step Dance
and tap. Joel also achieved honors on many exams including Blue Ribband for
Tap (the BATD Award for Step Dance), and gold for jazz.
Joel joined “Amethyst”, a Celtic Step Dance/Highland performing
group with whom he made appearances throughout the province. He also joined
“Footnotes”, another Dance Troupe which made regular public appearances,
attended festivals and Dance workshops throughout the Maritimes. Some of these
workshops were personally instructed by Al Gilbert who provides his own dance
“Footnotes” auditioned for and was accepted to perform in Walt Disney
World. This was an experience of a lifetime for all, and Joel had the privilege
of performing a Step Dance solo.
Joel made frequent appearances in the Halifax International Tattoo. His costuming
included the Little Drummer Boy, Jack Be Nimble, a Rooster, a Fantasy Character,
and a traditional Step Dancer.
Besides dance, Joel is a seasoned guitarist. He has recorded music with various
bands and on his own.
Joel has enjoyed working with children as a Camp Counselor in the past and his
artistic experience has evolved with travel across Canada and Europe.
Joel has been a student at Studio One since 2002 and is both excited and honored
to be a part of the staff.
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