Joanne Ward ARAD, Dip PDTC
Joanne's background in professional & performance ballet, musical theatre and television provides her with unique expertise and credentials in the performing arts.
From an early age, Joanne was performing professionally in pantomimes alongside the Carry On team and Freddie Davis. She trained at the Arts Educational School in London, going on to perform principle roles with the Dublin City Ballet Company in Ireland including dancing with the Dublin Grand Opera.
On her return to the UK, she performed in the Jim Davidson show playing the role of Cinderella before joining the original cast of the West End tap musical 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Joanne went on to play the role of Phyllis Dale and, later the juvenile lead Peggy Sawyer - a role she also played on the first national tour and return season to the West End at the Dominion Theatre.
On television Joanne has appeared on the Royal Variety Performances of 1985 & 1986, A Royal Night of 100 Stars, Casualty, House of Elliott and Little Englanders to name a few. In film she has appeared in The Hawk and the James Bond movie Goldeneye.
Joanne's experience also encompasses choreography for pantomime & smaller revues and acting in corporate videos.
A scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance led her into a teaching career and in 1995 she graduated with distinction from the professional dancers teaching course.
Joanne now runs her own dance school in Surrey and also teaches at the Royal Academy of Dance School (RAD) in London and at Centre Stage Dance and Drama. She regularly teaches artistic enhancement classes for the South West branch of the RAD and RAD Summer Schools both in England and abroad. She has also taught at MOVE IT for the RAD and been assistant choreographer for the Finale at Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
She has had the pleasure of teaching the ballet classes for the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) Classical Performance Awards and at the IDTA London Seminar. Joanne has also had the honour of adjudicating for the Classical Performance Awards.
Joanne was selected to be one of the few teachers nationwide to teach Sir Frederick Ashton workshops for the RAD. She has also as successfully completed a Well Being for Life Course,this enables her to teach seniors in Care Homes and Day Centres. Most recently Joanne became a licenced Silver Swan teacher enabling her to teach adults over the age of 55.
In October 2018 Joanne became the Principal of the Royal Academy of Dance School at the headquarters in London.