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A little bit about Joanne Ward


Joanne Ward ARAD, Dip PDTC

Joanne’s background in professional and 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 went on to train at the Arts Educational School in London, going on to perform principle roles with the Dublin City Ballet Company in Ireland. Her work there included 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 appeared on the Royal Variety Performances of 1985/86, 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 other experience also encompasses choreography for pantomime and smaller revues and acting in corporate videos.
A scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance led her into a teaching career – in 1995, she graduated with distinction from the professional dancers teaching course.
Joanne now runs her own dance school in Surrey and teaches at Centre Stage Dance and Drama and the Royal Academy Dance School in London. 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.
Last year she had the pleasure of teaching the ballet classes for the IDTA Classical Performance Awards and at the IDTA London Seminar. She has also had the pleasure of adjudicating for the Classical Performance Awards.

Most recently Joanne was selected to be one of eleven teachers able to teach Frederick Ashton workshops for the RAD. She has also as successfully completed a Well Being for Life Course. One of only seven teachers selected by the RAD. This enables her to teach seniors in Care Homes, Day Centres and Hospitals.