Born in the States, Joy is based in Northampton (MA). She has been teaching Countertechnique since 2012, after studying it since 2005.
Originally from Nashville, Joy has spent the last ten years between Knoxville, Chicago, and Amsterdam creating, performing, and studying contemporary dance and improvisation. She was profoundly influenced by Anouk van Dijk and Countertechnique while studying at the American Dance Festival in 2005. Since that summer, Joy has traveled to and lived in the Amsterdam times to train and study Countertechnique with Anouk van Dijk.
Joy received her BA in Performing Arts through the College Scholars Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She then served as interim Artistic Director of Circle Modern Dance, taught and choreographed as adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee, and presented many works independently. While in Chicago, she received the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) Greenhouse Grant for emerging choreographers; danced with Erica Mott, Redmoon Theatre, and Striding Lion Performance Group. Joy also collaborated extensively with Meg Anderson to produce four original evening-length works and jump-started frequent gatherings for artists to share information. She had the honor of receiving her yoga teacher training from renowned center for yoga in Chicago, yogaview.
Joy continues to train and study Countertechnique with Anouk van Dijk. After completing the 2012 Countertechnique Teacher Training, as only one of 14 teachers worldwide, she teaches classes and workshops all over the US. Joy is currently a MFA Teaching Fellow at Smith College in the Department of Dance in Northampton (MA).