Melissa D. Joy

MELISSA DITTMAR JOY received her BS in Dance Education and minor in Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  As a dance educator, she has taught in the public schools of North Carolina and Georgia, Atlanta Ballet, Brenau University and others.  She was a co-author for the Gwinnett County Public Schools dance curriculum.  Melissa presents at numerous conferences and professional development workshops where she shares her love for dance and its place in every classroom.  Her work with classroom teachers and arts integration was featured in Dance Teacher magazine.  Currently, Melissa is a Dance Education Consultant and works with Atlanta Ballet, ArtsNow and other arts organizations in Atlanta presenting workshops state wide on Arts Integration and the use of dance and kinesthetic teaching to enhance academic classrooms.  She is also on the Georgia Council for the Arts Arts in Education Consultant Roster.  Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member with Breanu University’s dance department where she works with future dance educators.  Melissa received the 2003 GAHPERD K-12 Dance Educator of the Year Award and the 2003 Ethel Martus Lawther Award for Professional Achievement from UNCG Dance Department. Most recently Melissa served as the lead facilitator for the Georgia Department of Education’s Dance Standards Writing Committee.  She works closely with the department of education to ensure quality dance education in the schools.

As a choreographer Melissa’s passion is to work with young emerging artist and works with many local high schools and colleges.  In 1999-2001 she had the honor to choreograph the “Opening Number” for the Georgia Thespian Conference.  Melissa has also had choreographic works selected to be performed at the National HS Dance Festival.


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