Joanne K. Bowman,

Dance Choreographer and Instructor

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Joanneis a highly trained, award winning, professional dancer with over twenty-five years of experience

providing innovative, dynamic and original dance,

baton, and acrobatics instruction to thousands

of students ranging from toddlers to adults.  


Joanne studied dance for a decade under Mrs. Gloria F. Dance, who is both a former Miss Virginia and a legend of Virginia Dance Instruction for over fifty years.  Joanne also studied ballet under such great dance masters as Eugene Hammett of the Tidewater Ballet Association; Susan Borree of the New York City Ballet; and, Jerry Schwinder

of the Richmond Ballet School of Ballet. 


Joanne danced professionally for King’s Productions serving as Dance Captain and Dance Swing for several years in multiple productions, and she has numerous professional musical theater credits to include Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof and 42nd Street, just to name a few.  She has also danced with the Petersburg Ballet (Principle Dancer); Concert Ballet of Virginia (Corps de Ballet); and, Tidewater Ballet Association (Corps de Ballet).


A gifted choreographer, Joanne has developed, tutored and coached numerous dancers in preparation for local, regional and national dance competitions.  From solo choreography and preparation to complex group and ensemble routines, she has developed winning innovative, original numbers, which have garnered high praise from dancers, audiences and judges alike.  


Before marrying and traveling extensively with her Army Colonel husband, she owned and operated

the Sussex Surry Dance Academy, teaching Ballet,

Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Baton and Acrobatics to students

ranging from pre-school to high school (9 Seasons). 


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