Campus Address: Rockwell Hall 132C
Joy Guarino is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Buffalo State teaching a variety of studio technique classes, dance history, dance education, and choreography. She has developed courses, conducted research, and presented internationally on kinesthetic learning, dance/movement integration, and youth development. Currently, she and her students are involved in a cultural, artistic exchange with dance faculty and students at Capital Normal University in Beijing. As a practitioner and consultant in the arts-in-education profession, she is committed to finding creative and practical ways of designing and implementing meaningful children’s arts programs.
Introduced to the arts at a very young age, Joy evolved into an active member in the WNY arts community as a performer and choreographer of dance and musical theater. Her passion guided her career path and she earned the Master’s of Fine Arts degree in dance from Temple University. Upon graduation, she joined the faculty at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. She has performed and choreographed for dance and theater companies based in Philadelphia and in the Capital District and became actively involved in NYS Arts Education. When she returned to Western NY, she continued to work as a teacher, dancer, and choreographer and became involved both personally and as a mentor for her students in the extensive arts-in-education community. Her advocacy for children and association with regional non-profit arts organizations led her to several positions as a dance and youth development professional. She continues to enjoy working with artists and students all over New York State; achieving extensive knowledge and experience in the field. She holds a NYS Teacher’s Certification in Dance.
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