Joanna Chavez | Company Artist and Educator
Joanna began dancing at a young age by learning choreography from YouTube dance tutorials and eventually started choreographing with friends during high school. While studying at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Joanna began training with a Latin dance company. Through this company, Joanna would assist with salsa, merengue and bachata lessons for Mizzou's Latin dance club. During this time, Joanna joined OFFICIAL Dance Crew as a hip hop performer and choreographer. OFFICIAL won first place at MAASU's 2011 showcase and competed for Prelude Urban Dance Competition in Chicago. Joanna spent a year as president of OFFICIAL in 2012-13.
In 2014, Joanna moved to St. Louis and joined SLU's hip hop team Xquizit as a performer and choreographer. With Xquizit, Joanna performed for FACT at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, competed for PRELUDE, and won 3rd place at the Intercollegiate Urban Dance Competition in 2015. While focusing on hip hop, Joanna has taken classes and workshops by choreographers including Redd, Ian Eastwood, and Bryan Puspos.
Joanna is very excited to be a part of the CKDC family!