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.
As a dancer, Joan has performed as an ensemble member and soloist with MizantyMoves Dance Works, Sydnie L Mosley Dances, The Post Concert Dance Company, Praevado Dance Collective, KamrDANCE, MKOT Collective, Haven Movement Company, 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 has studied at the Doug Varone and Dancers Winter and Summer Intensives (Choreographic Devices elective) and with the Alexandra Beller/Dancers Summer Intensives. Joan performed in the Sir Peter Shaffer Memorial film choreographed by Alexandra Beller which premiered at the American Airlines Theater. Additionally, she has trained in theatre and physical theatre techniques including Theatre (Stanislavski), Musical Theatre, Voice, Viewpoints, and Suzuki. Currently, Joan is working as a creative partner, dancer, and rehearsal director with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and a dancer with MizantyMoves Dance Works.
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, The Tilles Center, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), Symphony Space, and the Knockdown Center. Joan's work represented her alma mater at the American College Dance Festival Association as an adjudicated piece in 2016. For two semesters of her studies, Joan worked as a Teaching Assistant for Michael Leon Thomas in his choreography and composition courses. 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, In fall 2018, 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 with performances in June & November of 2019. Additionally, Joan presented an excerpt from the work created through the Dance Your Future residency in the Bronx APAP presented by Pepatián at BAAD!, January 2020.
As a teaching artist, Joan has worked with Fancy Feet Performing Arts Day Camp as a dance director for the past seven years instructing ages 4-12 in a variety of dance techniques, choreography/composition, theatre, and visual arts. Currently, she 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. 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.
On the arts administrative front Joan has completed an internship, promoted to production associate, and in 2020 will be stepping 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 Joan Bradford, Whitney Browne