Joanna Patterson – Owner/Director/Instructor

Joanna is owner/director/teacher at The Moving Company Dance Studio, and is a dancer and choreographer with L Street Dance Theatre. She is currently a Teaching Artist at Colby College, and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. 

Joanna discovered her love of dance at age 10, thanks to Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute program, which brings dance to school children.  Inspired to continue, she received her early dance training at Granite State Ballet, as well as the summer programs of Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, and American Theater Dance Workshop at Hofstra University.

In 1999 Joanna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Magna Cum Laude, from Desales University.  As a dancer she performed in numerous faculty and student works, as well as dance roles in “The Music Man” and “Evita”.  She was also a member of Desales’ pre-professional touring company, which brought dance performances and workshops to elementary and middle schools throughout the greater Lehigh Valley.  As a choreographer, Joanna’s work was selected for presentation in student and faculty shows as well as for the1999  American College Dance Festival, where her senior thesis "Rowing", a dance/text work based on the poetry of Anne Sexton, was awarded a place in the Mid-Atlantic region Gala Performance.

Joanna moved to Maine in 2000 to apprentice with Ram Island Dance under the artistic direction of Sara Whale.  In 2003 she joined Debi Irons’ Art Moves Dance Company as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, and with them she performed at countless concerts, workshops and special events all over Maine, from Portland to Presque Isle.  She has danced in and presented her choreography at Portland Dances!, a yearly new-works showcase, as well as the Franco-American/Bates Winter Dance Showcase, and concerts by LStreet Dance Theatre.  In 2016 her comedic dance theater piece "The Valentine Sisters" was selected for presentation in Portland Ballet's "Gallery: The Choreographer's Work". She has performed in works by numerous choreographers, including Niles Ford, Debi Irons, Peter Kalivas of Sean Curran Company, Kennet Oberly, Christine Philion-Dufour, Nell Shipman, and with Portland Ballet in their Victorian Nutcracker and the Capriccio Festival.