Joelle Banford
Joelle Banford is from Salt Lake City Utah where she trained as a young dancer under the direction of Penny Broussard at “The Winner School”. Joelle was awarded full dance and academic scholarships, and then graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Utah Valley University. Joelle has instructed dancers of all ages from core-fundamentals, to competition choreography for nearly 2 decades. Early in her career Joelle traveled as an instructor with USA (United Spirit Association), teaching dance teams and leadership camps throughout the United States. Joelle has instructed for several studios, schools and universities - Joelle is currently the competition director at Synergy Dance Academy. Joelle’s soloists are decorated on many levels however the reward comes after seeing her students push beyond themselves; working intensely—and then them realizing their noticeable growth and improvement. Joelle believes that this type of growth can only be accomplished in the short “solo” timeframe through dedication and investment. Joelle had the incredible opportunity to assist Monica Campbell while teaching Diavolo Dance Company technique classes for University students. Having this experience sparked a passion for choreographing with a focus on sets and structures. Joelle has created a “conditioning for dancers” curriculum, strengthening her students physically as well as mentally. These techniques have been applied across many different dance genres and styles. Joelle's choreography awards include “Top Convention,” “Best Direction,” “Best Choreography” etc. During 2015-2016 Joelle coached with Shannon Mortensen as the Copper Hills Drill Team earned their 4th consecutive State title. Joelle has worked with the best on several occasions, while teaching technique workshops to the BYU Cougarettes she also choreographed a piece for their 70th anniversary concert. Currently Joelle is providing specialty technique instruction to the national champions - The UVU Dance Team (UVDT) - these popular specialty technique classes not only focus on turn technique or leaps, but building body awareness and a positive mind/body connection (#dancewithjoelle). Joelle is grateful for the success she has had with her students as “they have created opportunities for her to continue having this beautiful art form in her life”.