empower ME Movement


In my class we focus on taking the ballet technique and using it to prepare our dancing bodies for any styles we need to be prepared for the rest of the day. With a strong emphasis on transitions and expansiveness, my class helps crack open the traditional boundaries of ballet. I take an anatomical approach to ballet by recognizing each student's physical capabilities, and uplifting their strengths while giving healthy corrections.

“Connect to your fantasy.”

Instructor Biography

Joe was born and raised in the beautiful hills of upstate New York, and can easily be identified by his cacophonous laughter. He began his training in Rochester, New York, and continued his studies at The Juilliard School on scholarships from The NYCDAFoundation and Cornell University. During his training he performed principal roles in the works of Symphony of Psalms by Jirí Kylián, and Baker’s Dozen by Twyla Tharp. He also performed works by notable choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Kyle Abraham, Martha Graham, Camille A. Brown and Brian Brooks. From 2016- 2022 he was a dancer with LA based contemporary company BODYTRAFFIC, where he traveled twice to Algeria as a cultural ambassador for the arts representing The U.S. in the International Modern Dance Festival. As a company member he toured internationally to Russia, Holland, Poland, Indonesia, Serbia and Mexico, and choreographed internationally in the cities of Jakarta and Hong Kong. Professionally, he has performed pieces by renowned choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, Alejandro Cerudo, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Micaela Taylor, Barak Marshall, Arthur Pita, Victor Quijada, Matthew Neenan, Sidra Bell and Richard Seigal. He has been a guest artist with Long Beach Opera, LA Chamber Orchestra, Heidi Duckler Dance Company and Clairobscur Dance. In 2019 he co-founded HD Theatre with partner Haley Heckethorn, a contemporary dance company that performs and commissions work by upcoming and established choreographers, while also providing educational spaces for youth dance programs. On film, Joe can be seen in Calvin Klein’s Spring ’22 campaign, music video Man’s World, written by MARINA and directed by Alexandra Gavillet, as well as Requim for Air and Normalcy by Laurie Sefton. In addition to performing and choreographing he has taught master classes at institutions such as Steps on Broadway, Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University, Santa Monica College, UCLA and numerous dance studios across the country, and is currently on faculty at CalArts in Valencia, CA. Joe is a lead Dance Church® teacher, an all-inclusive and community driven outlet to dancing.



Instructors Favorite Things

Are you a coffee or a tea person? What would be your drink order?

Coffee: oat milk latte (basic), unless it’s cold out then dirty chai.

What are your favorite TV shows to binge?

Desperate Housewives, Real Housewives (any franchise) and American Horror Story.

What is the one thing you always have in your fridge?

Garlic spread.

What 3 items would you take to a deserted island?

Sunscreen, towel and swimsuit. I’m dying tan!