About Joy Dance Academy
Joy Dance Academy is a non-competitive recreational dance school located in Southampton, New York. We pride our studio on creativity, technique, individuality, and most importantly, the Joy in dance. Because we are a non-competitive studio, we are able to eliminate production fees, costume fees, rehearsal fees, as well as the competitive environment allowing our studio to have a “judgement-free” zone. At Joy Dance Academy, we believe that the relationship between dance and happiness go hand in hand. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment for our dancers to explore and create their own personal relationship with dance.
“We believe that the art of dance will bring joy, happiness and physical well-being to all who participate. We strive to provide quality dance training in a nurturing atmosphere while our students find their Joy in Dance.”
OWNER . DIRECTOR. INSTRUCTOR
Tori's journey in the world of dance began at the age of 3, where she embarked on a dual path, concurrently training as both a competitive gymnast and a passionate dancer. Her repertoire includes a diverse range of styles, showcasing her proficiency in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern, and Hip-Hop. Graduating with honors from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Minor in Business, Tori's academic achievements laid the foundation for her future. During her time at MSU, Tori had the honor of studying under renowned figures such as Bill T. Jones, Larry Keigwin, and Andrea Miller. Additionally, she interned with Doug Varone and graced the stage at the prestigious Joyce Theater during the Martha Graham 2015 company season. Post-graduation, Tori took her talents to new heights as an official Brooklyn Bolts Cheerleader for the FXFL Brooklyn Bolts Football Team, showcasing her dynamic skills beyond traditional dance settings. Since 2010, Tori has been a dedicated dance educator, imparting her knowledge and passion to a diverse range of students. Currently serving as the Co-Owner, Director, and Instructor at Joy Dance Academy, Tori is deeply committed to her mission of introducing the joy of dance to her students. Her approach is rooted in establishing a meaningful connection on an individual level, fostering not only technical skill but also a profound appreciation for the art of dance. Tori's journey is a testament to her unwavering dedication, artistry, and the transformative power of dance.
OWNER . DIRECTOR. INSTRUCTOR
Michelle's dance journey commenced at the age of 6, immersing herself in the intricacies of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern, and Hip-Hop. The boundless enthusiasm and energy she cultivated during her formative years as a dancer seamlessly transitioned into a fulfilling career as an educator. Throughout her college journey at Adelphi University, where she pursued a BFA in Dance, Michelle continued to share her passion for dance through teaching. Her commitment to both her studies and teaching concurrently underscores her dedication to the art form. Amidst her academic pursuits, Michelle had the privilege of performing and studying under the guidance of esteemed professionals, including Frank Augustyn, Ali Pourfarrokh, Leda Meredith, Trebien Pollard, Nick Ross, Sharon Wong, Darrah Carr, and Marnie Thomas. With a teaching tenure spanning over 18 years, Michelle has honed her craft, inspiring countless students along the way. In a testament to her infectious joy and commitment to dance education, Michelle proudly serves as Co-Owner, Director and Instructor of Joy Dance Academy alongside her partner, Tori King. Together, they bring a dynamic blend of expertise, passion, and joy to the dance community they lead.
Sara began dancing at the age of 4, studying many styles of dance: Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Tap. She obtained her BFA in Dance at Temple University, where she continued her training in these styles at the colligate level, along with African Dance, Yoga, Education, Composition, and Improvisation. While earning her degree, she was trained by doctorate professionals: Kun-Yang Lin, Laura Katz-Rizzo, Karen Bond and yonTande Whitney V. Hunter. She also worked and performed in several productions by BFA and MFA students. Sara focuses on performance quality, dance science, and mindful stability in her teaching and is ecstatic to be a part of Joy Dance Academy.
Midori began dancing at the age of 3, where she studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, pointe and hip hop. She is currently enrolled at St. Joseph’s University where she plans to graduate in 2023 with a Bachelors in Child Study and a concentration in Spanish. While in school Midori has volunteered her time to be a cheerleading coach for the PAL and middle school level. Midori’s love for dance has shined through in her preschool classroom, coaching and everyday life. As a JDA alumni, Midori is super excited and grateful to work with the women who fostered her love of dance and she cannot wait to teach the dancers of Joy Dance Academy.
FOLLOW YOUR JOY
1370A Majors Path
Southampton, NY 11968
PO Box 1284
Southampton, NY 11968
SYS: (631) 287-1511
JDA: (631) 594-5007