Joan Bradford (she/her/hers) is a dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, and arts administrator proudly born, raised, and still residing in The Bronx, NY. With a decade of experience working with the youth and the arts, a well-versed comprehension of arts management, and a professional dance and choreographic career, she strives to continue sharing her passion for the arts as a vehicle for social change and deep human connection.
Joan holds her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance and minor in Theatre from Long Island University where she graduated magna cum laude with the Faculty's Award for Choreographic Achievement.
As a dancer, Joan has performed works with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, MizantyMoves Dance Works, Alexandra Beller, Alethea Pace, kamrDANCE, Praevado Dance 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, and The Old First Reformed Church and in residences through the Iron Factory, Wilson College, Temple University, and Lincoln Center Education. Additionally, 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/Summer Intensives, 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 a Creative Partner and Rehearsal Director with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances.
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 Center for the Arts and Culture, 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 two semesters with 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 and BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance) with choreographic feedback from 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! and virtually through the Bronx Artist Spotlight on Dance and Bronx Dance: Pivot to Thrive presented by BAAD!, Pepatián, Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, and BronxNet. Currently, Joan is a 2021/2022 Performance Project Fellow with The Performance Project at University Settlement.
As a teaching artist, Joan has worked with Fancy Feet Performing Arts Day Camp as a dance director for 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. For four years, Joan was a Teaching Artist, Assistant Site Director, and founding Arts & Literacy Dance Company Director with the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services Arts & Literacy. Currently, Joan is a Teaching Artist and Project Manager with The Bronx House
where she teaches creative movement, creative ballet, introduction to movement, tap, modern, contemporary, and choreography/composition.
On the arts administrative front, Joan completed an internship, was 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. She has worked with the Mark Morris Dance Group's operations and development department as an Operations intern, with Triskelion Arts in a front of house role, and with Rhythmology Studios. Joan has co-facilitated with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances' PD for the People! course presented through Gibney Dance Center and works as the Task Project Manager for the collective. Additionally, with a deep passion for organizing spaces, Joan works as Professional/Personal Organizer with Chic Organizer. Currently, she is a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee and the Arts Education Program Coordinator with Get Empowered.
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 surrounding themes of body inclusion, environmental justice, and domestic intimate partner violence & survival.
Photos by Whitney Browne