Joan Bradford is a dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, and arts administrator born, raised, and proudly still residing in the Bronx, NY. Joan holds her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and minor in Theatre from Long Island University where she graduated magna cum laude.
Joan has performed as an ensemble member and soloist with MizantyMoves Dance Works, Sydnie L Mosley Dances, kamrDANCE, Praevado Dance Collective, Haven Movement Company, The Post Concert Dance Company, MKOT Collective, and Mise en Danse at venues including Symphony Space, Citigroup Theater, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Green Space, Brookfield Place, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, The Old First Reformed Church, The Iron Factory, Lincoln Center Education, Wilson College, and Temple University. Joan performed in the Sir Peter Shaffer Memorial film choreographed by Alexandra Beller which premiered at the American Airlines Theater. Joan has studied with the Doug Varone and Dancers Winter and Summer Intensives (Choreographic Devices elective), with the Alexandra Beller/Dancers Summer Intensives, and has trained in theatre and physical theatre techniques including Suzuki, Viewpoints, Musical Theatre, Voice, and Stanislavski methods. Currently, Joan is working as a creative partner, dancer, and rehearsal director with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and is collaborating in a Bronx-native inspired work with Altehea Pace.
Choreographically, Joan has shown work at Socrates Sculpture Park, Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse, Brooklyn School of Music, Triskelion Arts, The Old First Reformed Church, Atlas Studios, The Ritz Theater, Arts on Site, Hostos Community College, The Tilles Center, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), Symphony Space, and the Knockdown Center. During her collegiate studies, Joan worked as a teaching assistant for Michael Leon Thomas in his choreography and composition courses and her work represented her alma mater at the American College Dance Festival Association. Upon graduation, she was awarded the LIU Post Faculty Award for Excellence in Choreography. Joan has traveled to Lewes, England to participate in a choreographic residency with Lost Dog Dance Theatre and was a mentoree through the Dance Your Bronx UP! development through Pepatián at BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance) under the direction of Jasmine Hearn. Joan premiered an evening-length work through Triskelion Arts' Split Bill Series which was later presented as an excerpt for her alma mater's Choreographic Showcase at Symphony Space. Recently, Joan was an artist in residence through the Dance Your Future: Artist & Mentor Collaborative Residency through Pepatián & BAAD! under the mentorship of Alexandra Beller & Sydnie L. Mosely. Additionally, Joan presented an excerpt from the work created through the Dance Your Future residency in the Our Bronx APAP presented by Pepatián at BAAD! at Pregones and virtually through the Bronx Artist Spotlight on Dance presented by BAAD!, Pepatián, Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, and BronxNet.
As a teaching artist, Joan has worked with Fancy Feet Performing Arts Day Camp as a dance director for the past eight years instructing ages 4-12 in a variety of dance techniques, choreography/composition, theatre, and visual arts. Joan was formerly on staff with Villa Maria Academy as a choreographer for their Junior High School's Drama and Musical Theatre program and recently taught on the collegiate level at Wilson College. Currently, Joan is a movement instructor with The Bronx House and a teaching artist, assistant site director, and Arts & Literacy Dance Company director with the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services at P.S. 123 where she teaches creative movement, creative ballet, introduction to movement, tap, modern, and contemporary.
On the arts administrative front Joan has completed an internship, promoted to production associate, and in 2020 stepped into a leadership role with WAXworks (Williamsburg Art Nexus) a monthly choreographic showcase with an emphasis on audience feedback. Joan has also worked with the Mark Morris Dance Group's operations and development department as an operations intern and Triskelion Arts as a box office associate.
Looking forward, Joan is excited to see where her interests and passions for movement will take her, most especially in her home borough of the BX. She looks forward to new collaborations, choreographic projects, and more making.
Photos by Whitney Browne