Joe’s dance style is on-beat, intense and humorous, to dance with him is to be passionate, spirited and be proud of what you are doing. Originally a musician, he gravitated towards square and round dancing in the late 1980's, eventually becoming an apprentice Square Dance Caller. In 1991 he studied Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Ballet, Partnering, and Tap with instructor Cynthia Hamilton of Gonzaga University’s HYPER-Formance Jazz Dance Club and landed a lead roll as "The Lion" in their production of "The Wiz". Later in 1993 he expanded his formal training in Jazz, Modern, and Ballet, with instructor, Isabelle Cook, and under her gracious wing she supplied him with private lessons with Ballet Master and Artist in Residence Emeritus, Leonard Fowler, who became a great mentor. In 2000 Joe formalized his training in Tap with 30 year veteran teacher Gail Bongiovanni.
Joe has danced in many productions around the Spokane community and abroad, his professional dancer background consists of working for "Take Notice Arts and Entertainment Company", dancing and acting in Industrial Shows, Modeling Shows, and Dinner Theatre productions working with important and famous people such as Duane Hagadone -Entrepreneur (Coeur D’ Alene Resort Hotel & Realties) & Teri Hatcher - Actress (“Adventures of Superman” & “Desperate Housewives”).
His commitment to dance in the community takes him throughout the Spokane area where he taught dance at just about every Community Center around Spokane, the Lakeside High School Dance Team, Central Valley High School Dance Team, and the "Creative Arts in The Summer Time Program" through Spokane School District #81. He is an active member of the Inland Northwest Dance Association and former President (2001-2003) and Secretary (2003-2005) He works as a Special Education Assistant with the C.V. School District. Outside the community his work has lead him to teach master classes, choreograph, and dance in the Inland Northwest.
Joe’s commitment to education and professional development leads him to study abroad yearly with a variety of world class teachers every year. Billy Siegenfeld, Jeanie Hill, Rosemary Boross, Bob Boross, Bill Evans, Darryl Thomas, Katherine Kramer, Lynn Simonson, Brenda Bufalino, Diane Walker, and many more comprise the list of Joe’s favorite teachers he’s taken with. Joe makes a point of studying at least twice yearly!!
Currently, he continues his work in Spokane with Isabelle's Dance Time and the "Dance Time Theatre Company" as Instructor and Co-Artistic Director, and in 2010 started his own Semi-professional dance company called, “Phase Collaborative Dance Project”. This propels him to stay very active producing art where ever life (Dance) will take him, it is his PASSION, his SPIRIT, and his PRIDE.