ASPIRATIONS: Dream~Dance~Achieve!

As founder of East Dance Studios, I am committed to Dance Education and Performing Arts excellence and its enjoyment.  My legacy is born from inspiring students to reach their individual goals and fullest potential.  My legacy lives on with this generation of dancers continuing to experience and enjoy the unique opportunities and benefits that East Dance Studios programs offer.  Dance, and its education, has brought me such joy over the years; I feel very fortunate to have lived my dream in a career that I enjoy and love so deeply. It has been a true honor and privilege to have made so many memories and shared so much with the students and their families of the communities that East Dance Studios has proudly served over these past twenty five plus years.


  • Years of Dance Study: 1979-present (including The Gus Giordano Dance Center, Chicago and Dance Centre South, Atlanta)
  • Dance Conventions and Master Class Training: 1983-present
  • Dance Educator: 1983-present
  • Dance Educators Training Course Graduate: 1989
  • Certified by and Served on the Board of Directors of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston incorporated with the American Society 1989-2016
  • Studied at Fitchburg State University: course studies focusing on women’s health and social science
  • CPR, AED, and Pediatric First Aid Certified
  • Tour consultant and adviser for dance and performing arts education and performance tours for artists throughout the U.S. 


      Dance Courses Include:

Ballet~ Pointe~ Tap~ Jazz~ Lyrical~ Modern~ Contemporary~ Hip-Hop~ Children’s Dance~

Dance Injury Prevention~ Ballroom Dance~ Music~ Dance & Choreography Theories ~Acro


  • Proud mother of four amazing and wonderful children
  • Published writer of "Dancing at Disney" in “Dance Studio Life Magazine” September 2009
  • Featured in article in "Dance Teacher Now" Magazine in an article on training teachers in 2007
  • Certified by the Dance Teachers Club of Boston: 1989

Please continue to dance through this website for exciting accomplishments; including performance, choreography, and education awards that JoAnn East and the East Dance Studios Faculty and Students have been bestowed both locally and nationally through the years, to present day.  Dream~Dance~Achieve!


  • Talent Tally: Teaching, Project Managing, and Group Leading are talents I cherish and hone which I feel help me best balance all things I enjoy so much in life.
  • Interest Inventory: Spending time with Family and Friends, Travel, Writing & Everything Disney!
  • Prior Pastimes: I used to work at a horse farm and loved to go horse-back riding. I was also a CNA for 8 years.
  • Motivation Musts: Coffee, Please! (Teavana is heavenly too), Great Music, Mechanical Pencils, & a Smile
  • Quirks & Quotes: Quirk: Clean Freak 
  • Quotes: Dream~Dance~Achieve! I love reading motivational quotes and find inspiration in their messages.