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Staff/Faculty

 

Joy DiLillo Harrington (Ballet, Princesses and Cavaliers, Jazz, ARC of Montgomery County)

Joy graduated from George Mason University with a BFA in Dance where she received the award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Dance. Joy has studied and performed at the American College Dance Festivals at Ohio State University and George Mason University, Juilliard with David Parsons, Kennedy Center, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Bates Summer Dance Festival, Chautauqua Dance Festival and the Center for the Arts at George Mason University.   Joy completed the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher Training workshop while on staff at The American Dance Institute as a pre-professional ballet, pre-ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and the ARC of Montgomery County creative movement instructor.  Her performing experience also includes roles in the Nutcracker Ballet and the Sleeping Beauty Ballet at the American Dance Institute, Mayzsoul Dance Company, Next Reflex Dance Collective, DC Improv Festival, Jane Franklin Dance Sampler, and the Goose Route Festival. Her choreographic works have been presented at George Mason University’s Harris Theatre, Vienna Theatre, ADI, Fairfax Academy, and Herndon High School. Joy also enjoys musical theatre and working with the Vienna Youth Players having choreographed “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “The Me Nobody Knows”, “Godspell”, “Oliver”, “Runaways”, “Into the Woods”, “Children of Eden”, “Narnia”, and “13″.  In addition to her teaching schedule at the American Dance Institute, Joy is a Creative Dance teacher at Emmanuel Lutheran Pre-School and the co-artistic director of a music and dance collective with Dr. Jesse Guessford based at George Mason University where she creates, choreographs and performs new dance works for the company.  Joy is also a board member of Friends of Dance at George Mason University which supports the artistic development of the George Mason School of Dance.