Joan Walton has spent part of the past 2 summers teaching in Moscow, Russia, where she taught mid-to-late 19th century dancing, and dances of the Ragtime Era and the Jazz Age. Her energetic, focused teaching, theatrical choreographies, and morning warmups have become well known to dancers over the years. She has the ability to communicate movement concepts with energy, humor and interest. A keen observer of learning styles, Joan has an ongoing interest in understanding the many ways that people learn to dance.
Her classes in Ragtime, Jazz Age, Swing Era and 19th Century dance have been seen at Vintage Dance workshops across the USA, in Paris and the Czech Republic. Last summer (2014) introduced her to the dancers in Moscow, Russia. As Assistant Director and dancer in Cincinnati with Richard Powers' Flying Cloud Vintage Dance Troupe for 10 years, she performed on the ABC-TV mini-series North and South.
Joan designed choreography for award-winning operas and musical theatre productions at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, and other schools in the midwest. She was a guest artist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performing Morton Gould’s challenging Tap Dance Concerto.
Along with free-lancing around the country and teaching dance at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, she currently teaches the GE courses Dance in World Cultures and Dance Appreciation at San Jose State University, along with Social Dance, Swing Dance, Waltz, Latin and Tap Dance classes at the College of San Mateo. She has a Master’s degree in Dance Education from Stanford University’s top-ranked School of Education.
E-mail address: jcwalton (at) gmail (dot) com
JOAN WALTON on VIDEO
Tapping "Begin the Beguine" with my brother Bob Walton and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Performing "The Drunk Dance" with Steve Kreimer in Cincinnati, Ohio
Performing "The National Two-Step Lancer's Quadrille" with The Academy of Danse Libre; reconstructed by Joan Walton
Dancing the 1856 Tango with Michael Sharp; reconstructed by Richard Powers