BOLD CITY DANCE builds bridges between people and communities thru dance, movement and the creative arts. Created by choreographer and performing artist, JoAnna Ursal (also known as JOCO), Bold City Dance serves all ages, experience levels and backgrounds in dance fitness , contemporary dance, choreography and hip hop. We believe dance is for everyone and the best way to keeping moving, stay creative and healthy!
Sharing the passion and joy I have for dance and movement to all people regardless of experience, level, background and age and witnessing the transformative benefits it brings my students is the greatest feeling in the world! I LOVE witnessing the movement something 'clicks' and exploring news ways of teaching technique, style, rhythm and creative expression thru movement and dance!
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We meet the students exactly where they are with no judgement. The first lesson we identify goals and intentions of the student's interest in dance/movement and begin to create an effective and fun curriculum that respects the students learning style at a pace that is both appropriate and challenging. With awareness and respect for goals of the students as priority, we believe that the process and experience of learning and teaching is just as rewarding as the result! Exploring different ways of teaching various genres of dance and movement arts is our strength while providing a solid foundation in technique, skill, timing, rhythm and style. Our educators are trained in World Dance including Afrocuban, African, Caribbean Filipino traditional dance, Asian/Pacific Islander dances; Contemporary and Modern Dance; Acroyoga; Dance Fitness; Pilates; Salsa; and Hip hop. We can teach private to small/large group classes and willing to travel if needed. We ENJOY connecting people with dance and movement. We are PASSIONATE about teaching! We are ADVOCATES of the holistic health benefits of movement and dance! We BELIEVE in the creative magic dance and movement brings to everyone. We are EXCITED to meet you!
Founder and Visionary of BOLD CITY DANCE/ Jocomotions Productions, Ms. JoAnna Ursal, (aka JOCO), posseses over 20 years of experience in training, performing, teaching and choreographing dance under her belt. Ms. JoAnna holds an MA in Dance Education from UCLA and and MFA in Choreography and Performance from Jacksonville University. She has served as Professor of Dance at Miami Dade College in Miami FL and as adjunct professor of dance at Jacksonville University and has been on dance faculty at Douglas Anderson School for the Arts, Berkeley High School, (Berkeley CA) and Emma Willard Performing Arts High School (Troy, NY). Her choreographic works have been presented in various dance festivals throughout the Florida Region including Moving Current in Tampa FL and Fuzion Voices in Sarasota FL as well as Texas and California. In 2015, Ms. JoAnna was selected as the recipient of the Choreographers Connection Award after creating a piece about cyberbullying at the National Choreographers Intensive in Tallahassee FL under the mentorship of New York based choreographer Ron K Brown. While teaching and performing dance in Miami, she was selected to participate in the first inaugural Miami Live Arts Choreographers Lab under the mentorship of acclaimed choreographer Nora Chipaumire from Zimbabwe and NYC and performed and collaborated with various notable dance artist from Miami including Carlota Pradera, Lazaro Godoy, Gabrielle Forestieri, Toranika Washington, Ana Miranda and Pioneer Winter. Presently she sits on the board of directors for Compusitum Musicae Novae based in Miami as the Dance Liason connecting dancers and composers together to create pieces for the CMN concert seasons and is also the program coordinator and artist in residence for Ignite Arts Collaborative based in Ponte Vedra FL.
Currently, JOCO teaches the Art of Choreography at Fusion Performing Arts Academy in Ponte Vedra and stretching class at Dreamers Estudio in Arlington while raising her three beautiful children! She actively collaborates with local, regional and national dance artists. She also enjoys teaching speciality workshops in Contemporary and World Dance for various nonprofit organizations including Nan NKama based in Jacksonville FL. She is excited about expanding BOLD CITY DANCE programs to to all people of all ages, experience and backgrounds so that it is accessible to all communities!