Dancer · Director
Holistic Healing Enthusiast
My name is April Joy. I am a student by day, dancer by always. Coming from a small province in the Philippines, I have dreams of seeing and experiencing the world and its cultures. My biggest dreams are to grow in dance, travel, and to understand all that I can about life and people.
I started dancing when I was 7 years old and learned styles from Hula to Hip Hop. I’ve danced on American Idol and assisted with choreography for So You Think You Can Dance, Ukraine. At 22 years old, under Essence Dance Company and The Other Duck, I began organizing workshops, planned dance, fashion, art, and music events, and taught dance internationally (Colombia, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, Philippines, Norway, China). For several years, I pursued dance education and have been a resident instructor at Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio, Your Neighborhood Studio, Boogiezone Utopia, and IDA Hollywood.
At 29, I returned to school to finish my Bachelor’s in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. There, I interned at the Campus Assault Resources and Education office serving survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. I also worked as a Research Assistant for the Neuroplasticity And Working Memory Lab, helping to conduct studies to improve intelligence. While older than most of my classmates, I graduated at 30 years old, and my interests peaked in learning about the capacities of our minds, our bodies, and the impact of social constructs on our identities. I’m interested in dance as expressive therapy and in positive psychology.
Currently, I am a director on Kaba Modern Legacy and a dancer on Culture Shock LA. These dance families have a collection of nearly 200 active members and use dance as a medium for positive influence. I aim to continue learning and sharing along the way, being a leader and a student at the same time.
I hope to deepen my understanding of relationships in pursuit of the mission God has set before me to love and serve my community.
These are my ramblings and my experiences put into words, pictures, and video. For any entertainment or insight this gives, I am thankful!