Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet Instructor/Choreography

Joni is a dancer, choreographer, and educator of dance. She has been sharing her love of dance with others professionally since the age of 15. She has traveled the world performing, choreographing, directing, staging and casting numerous review shows, musicals and industrials for Jean Ann Ryan Productions (JAR). Her work has been featured on Norwegian, Cunard, Celebrity, NYK, Regal and Royal Cruise Lines as well as in many nationally land-based productions. Some of her favorite performances with JAR include, “A Chorus Line,” “Grease,” “Anything Goes,” “Dream Girls,” “42nd Street” and “Guys and Dolls.” She has also served as choreographer for Red Barn Theatre in Nappanee IN, Pittsburgh CLO Mini Stars, and for several high school musical productions and show choirs. Her choreography has won awards from Show Biz Competition and has had several Grand Champion Winners with Starquest, Starpower, and Showstoppers. Her teaching credits include Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Academy, Center for Theatre Arts, and several dance studios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and South Florida. She has also conducted several Master Classes in tap, jazz and musical theater in Pennsylvania, Boston and Florida. Joni teaches tap, jazz, ballet, partnering, and musical theater and is also a certified Polestar Pilates instructor. Joni and her family are thrilled to now be Spanish Fort residents. They have fallen in love with the area and have enjoyed getting acquainted with southern hospitality and the beautiful people of Southern Alabama. Joni is excited to share her experience and knowledge with the students of Eastern Shore Dance Academy.