Joy Walker began her dance education as Joy Lynn Ferenc in 1985 with Janet Naughton of Irwin, Pennsylvania. Joy had an ongoing love for ballet and also studied Jazz and Tap. Advancing quickly in her dance school, Joy was promoted to dance en pointe at age 11- only two years after beginning her formal dance education. Joy also began to study with Russian ballet instructor, Kasanov, in Level Green, Pennsylvania which helped hone her classical ballet style. Upon further advancement, Joy joined the competition dance lines with Janet Naughton and her school of dance, dancing Monday through Thursday each week as well as various weekends. Joy has won numerous regional and national competitions in various dance categories, including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Pointe.
Joy began student teaching with Janet Naughton at the age of 15 alongside New York Dancer and Choreographer, Jolene Senchur. When Joy graduated from high school in 1994, she was teaching several of her own classes of ballet, tap, and jazz with children ranging in age from 4-16. Joy choreographed recital numbers as well as competition routines for her students, and the dancers traveled in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and South Carolina to perform their competition routines. Her students have won at all levels of competition.
Joys love for dance has never faded. Joy and her husband, Chad, were married in 2001 and have two children; Madison (7) and Christian (3). While their family was growing, Joy was an Assistant Vice President of a large retail bank in Orlando, FL where they lived for nine years. Joy prayed for years that a time would come when she would be able to use her talent to help others, and that she would be able to spend more time with her children than her bank career allowed. Prayers answered!!
Upon relocating to North Charleston due to a (good) change with Chad’s position in his company, Joy was presented the beautiful opportunity to fulfill her passion – sharing the love of dance with children of all ages while at the same time being able to enjoy more time with her own children.
Joy started her own dance company, Walker Dance LLC, with the purpose of providing affordable, quality dance instruction to the children of Cathedral Academy and the surrounding communities. At Walker Dance, every dancer is given group and individual instruction that will help them to maximize their full dance potential and achieve their dance goals. Joy has a small dance studio in her home where private and small group lessons are available upon request.
To inquire about lessons at Cathedral Academy (specifically; beginners and intermediates ballet, jazz, or tap), or to find out about private (i.e.; pointe) or small group lessons (yes, adults! that includes those of you who’ve hung up your dancing shoes years ago and feel like it’s been missing in your life ever since!);
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Cathedral Academy 2012-2013