About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

is a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teaching Artist specializing in Social Dance, Physical SEL (Social and Emotional Learning), and Movement Multiculturalism. By integrating her professional dance training with her theatre, music, sociology and visual arts background, she infuses participants with the love of learning and the expression of their potential. As an artist-in-residence, she guides with a gentle but firm classroom style toward elevating empowerment as a group through the discovery of non-verbal cues and the active connection of linked art forms. Using teamwork activities, academic challenges and pure fun, her visiting artist residencies present exuberant opportunities for friendships, self-confidence, and UDL (Universal Design for Learning) accessibility. Students come away with a knowledge and respect for the wonderful language of dance as well as a positive understanding of pyscho-social connections. She crafts creative time to inspire students to healthy living, neuro and physical flexibility, and equity awareness. “Baila Joy” believes artists are among the savviest problem-solvers in our society with an innate sense of magnifying the unseen. They advocate for the unheard, embrace the pain of a stranger, and minister to the community through cohesive artistry. Thriving in a teamwork setting, her purpose is to connect the multiple dialects of human behavior so we can flourish together.

Artist Biography

JOY PRENTICE is a choreographer and national teaching artist. She is known for innovating culturally responsive DANCE curriculum by infusing decolonized SEL and S.T.E.M in order to Encourage Kindness and Discourage Bias (EKDB). “Baila Joy” has provided integrated, social justice artistry to communities in Washington, D.C., Illinois, California, New York, Rhode Island and Hawaii. Classically trained in Russian ballet en pointe, she went on to intensively study the organic technique of Martha Graham. Brought up in a performing arts academy she engaged in the interdisciplinary training of play-making, music theory, vocal training, visual art competencies, tap dancing and the Stanislavsky acting method. She completed a fellowship with the American Ballroom Theatre Institute and emerged a qualified instructor of the professional ballroom competencies (International & American): Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba, Foxtrot, Samba, Quickstep, Jive, Posa Doble and Tango. During her time in New York City, she perfected her training of Swing, Salsa, Lindy Hop and Mambo. Her most recent professional development explored dancing with wheel-chair users. Miss Joy is an active member of several anti-racist, citizen artist organizations including the International Teaching Artist Collaborative and the Equity & Inclusion Task Force of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science, American Dance Therapy Association, National Dance Education Organization, Shape America and the Athletics & Fitness Association of America. Her ability to tailor programming for unique groups has granted her access to various rural and urban settings throughout the country. The range of her work spans from bi-lingual four-year-olds in Chinatown, to third graders in Spanish Harlem, to high schoolers in the corn fields of Northern Illinois, to thirty-something lawyers at the NYU School of Professional Studies, to assembly line workers at a General Motors automobile factory in New Jersey; to senior “life learners” at Salve Regina University in RI. Within the medical field, she designed a dance theatre residency with adolescents at the Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center; she was recruited by the nursing staff at Montefiore Hospital to mentor a fitness and wellness program; and was enlisted by researchers at Weill Cornell Hospital to design an after-school movement clinic for a children’s wellness study. She can make the most “un-dancer” feel like a professional, and looks forward to extending that in her arts in health service to the ohana of Oahu.


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.