I am originally from Cuba where I received my Bachelor's and Master's degree in dance. I have been teaching Dance and professionally performing for about 10 years. I am currently a professional dancer for Parsons Dance. My training in dance includes ballet, contemporary, Afro, modern, latin social dance, and gymnastics. I also have two years experience in assisting dance therapy classes to children with Autism. I have taken Pilates, Yoga, HIT, and dance cardio classes for years and try to incorporate and integrate those body and mind connections within my class. Aside from my understanding in these forms of exercise, I am eager to teach a class that promotes strength, fitness and a healthy lifestyle. I am a committed and reliable employee and am prepared to lead a fun and energetic class as your instructor.
In my classes I strive to be an encouraging and motivating teacher. Being that pedagogy is a big passion of mine, giving one-on-one feedback, and making sure that my students have a good understanding of the exercises is very important to me. In order to keep my students engaged and determined to work efficiently, I try to create a very open, positive, and safe environment. I am also passionate about teaching fitness and dance for therapeutic and healing purposes. I strive to be great at communicating and promoting positive energy to fuel healthy minds and bodies.
I’m very inexperienced so he made me feel comfortable with beginner dancing and learn in a fun environment. Also he’s very experienced across many styles of dance so can teach most styles I’m interested in learning!
Joan challenges both my physical and mental aspects in his class. The movement and challenging and can be intimidating but through his guidance I feel safe and well informed to try the phrase work he presents.
I’m by no means a professional dancer and I’m very shy. But, taking just a few classes with JoJo helped me with my self-confidence and opened my eyes to the world of dance. Jojo is very good at making you feel comfortable in the space and he introduced me to the studio. I definitely recommend taking this class! It is very fun and he is super enthusiastic!