I am so blessed to be able to do what I love! Dancing and teaching are equally my first loves! Put them both together and that is " Joanne Brown Dancers"!
I started dancing at the age of 4 in San Francisco with Betty Gentry and Ardith Gotthardt. After Betty and Ardith moved to Fremont, I continued my training with Amy Palmer. At the age of 6 I moved to Westlake in Daly City and took lessons at the St. Francis Heights Dance and Music Guild until I graduated from Westmoor High School. I attended San Francisco State University where I continued to study in jazz, ballet, modern and afro. I received my teaching credential and BA in Liberal Studies in 1975. With a shortage of teaching jobs, I pursued a dance career and taught at the Powell Reilly Dance Studio in San Francisco.
In 1980, after moving to Fremont, I started teaching four ballet classes at the Union City Leisure Services and the rest is history. Thirteen years later in January of 1993, Joanne Brown Dancers opened its doors and is still going strong.
You will find me using my teaching credential and occasionally substitute teaching at Eastin Elementary School in Union City. I taught the dance program at Pioneer, Kitiyama, and Alvarado Elementary Schools, and currently is teaching dance at Eastin Elementary School for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders. I have taught taught master classes in Lake Tahoe and Portland, Oregon.
In 1998, I re-joined the Union City Leisure Service, where I coordinate their dance program. I had the pleasure of being the choreographer for Union City when they competed for "All American City". I am proud to say with my choreography, we won that honor!
Because I love what I do, I took over the Fremont Recreation Program in 2019. I love being able to share my love of dance with so many.
This year I will be celebrating my 40th Annual Dance Recital "Fabulous 40". It's been hard navigating through the pandemic, but with the support of my awesome teachers, parents and students we are entering 2022 strong!