faculty

Faculty

Shannon Issa, B.A. Dance

Shannon Issa is the owner, director and instructor at Joy of Movement and Emotion Inmotion Dance Center in Jamison and Emmaus, PA.  She also heads the award winning Competition at JOM.  She graduated from De Sales University with a BFA in Dance.  And resides in Emmaus, with her husband and 3 wonderful children.

She has been Director/Choreographer of  local dance competition teams for the past 10 years. The teams have won several awards for their performance, technique and stellar backstage behavior and team spirit. Miss Shannon has been recognized numerous times for her choreography and costume design.

Miss Shannon has been teaching Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Creative Movement for the past 20 years. Her love and passion for dance is seen in every class she teaches. She is known for keeping her classroom fun, upbeat and energized while still teaching technique and movement. Her students always appreciate her “fun-style!”

Miss Shannon is so excited to take over as the owner/director of Joy of Movement!

Sarah Thomas, B.A. Dance Education and Musical Theater

Sarah Thomas a North Carolina native, graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in dance education and musical theatre. Sarah has taught with Little People’s Creative Workshop®. She has spent many years performing—her latest performances include East Carolina Dance 2009 in North Carolina, as well as community theatre in Western NC and children’s theatre. Sarah has staged and directed community theatre for children in performance arts centers and private schools over the years.  Sarah is very excited to bring dance to our Joy of Movement students!

 

Jamie Dorotov, Ballroom Instructor

Jamie started dancing when she was 5 years old. She started with ballet, but because her mom was a ballroom dancer in her childhood, Jamie was introduced to International Latin. She instantly fell in love and was lucky to find a partner almost right away. She went on to receive two national titles and won many other competitions. As the years went by, her passion and love for ballroom dancing only increased. Her family’s support drove her to always do her best.

After doing ballroom and ballet simultaneously for 8 years, Jamie decided to put all her focus into latin. Over the years, she has focused on improving her technique and performance, and went on to win another national title in 2014. Jamie’s love for the sport continues to grow, and she takes any opportunity she can get to influence and teach the next generation of dancers. Teaching kids has always been a passion of hers and she loves to see kids having fun while succeeding.