THE VOORS DIFFERENCE
Voors Theater Arts prides itself on professionalism and creativity. Students at VTA recieve a balance between arts education, critical thinking and creative opportunities, as well as personal, social and self esteem building skills. We strive to bring our strong training techniques into all of our classes balanced with fun, self expression and personal attention. We are not just an education program, but also a family, a community that cares about each other and promotes self growth on all levels. Students are recognized for thier accomplishments in class and also for thier uniqueness, abilities and imaginations. Magic happens daily in all of our classes through patience, encouragement and an understanding that each student is on thier own path as they explore the incredible benefits of performing arts enrichment. We go above and beyond to make our classes exciting and uniqe and teach with artistic skill and passion. Students are never overlooked but always encouraged and appreciated.
Simply put, we love what we do. We believe it is never too early or never to late to stand onstage and live the dream. We have students as young as 18 months and offer something for every age beyond. To share the experience of being onstage and learning about theater arts is our specialty. We create and produce our own original musicals that incorporate family values and memorable stories. Join us for our Annual Holiday Musical and perform with our community.
ABOUT OUR DIRECTOR AND INSTRUCTOR
Joanne began her path to a career in theater, as a young child in England. She recognized at an early age that she wanted to be a professional dancer and committed to training with the Royal Academy of Dance. She loved watching all the old MGM musicals with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and Cyd Cherise. This love of musicals pushed her beyond her dancing into theatrics and stage acting. She pursued all of her training and examinations as a student teacher and achieved her Associates certification with RAD, ISTD (Imperial Society of teachers of Dance) and NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dance) before auditioning and landing her first job with Madame Bluebelle and Don Arden. Joanne's dream came true at 17, when she moved to the US with a truly amazing job working in a huge musical production at the MGM Grand Hotel in Reno Nevada. This show was performed on the biggest stage in the world at that time and included dancing girls on an airplane's wings and huge staircases and fantastic costumes. She worked in that show for several years and then moved onto the sister show in Las Vegas called Jubilee. Throughout her time working full time as a dancer, she also studied intensely on the art of Adagio partnering and took classes from many different choreographers. She went on to perform in the Lido de Paris, and the Moulin Rouge. Joanne made the big move to New York City and began her quest for a Musical Theater career. She performed in 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Will Rogers Follies and Crazy for you. She also continued her studies in dance at the Broadway Dance Center as well as in voice and acting. She worked in a few movies, and commercials as a dancer but much preferred the stage. A highlight in her career was performing in a televised pre Olympic Special with Bob Hope and a star studded cast as a back up dancer, in Seoul Korea. This was the largest live audience she ever performed for and the experience of performing in the Olympic stadium for thousands of people, was riveting. It also gave her the travel bug as she realized the excitement and benefits of seeing the world and experiencing different cultures. She decided to go work for Cruise ships in the entertainment department and enjoyed several years at sea, performing in Musical theater productions. She worked for Royal Viking, Cunard, Norwegian Cruise Lines and ended her years at sea onboard the amazing Crystal Harmony. During her time onboard ships, she met her husband and dance partner, John and they eventually moved back to Los Angeles to settle down and raise a family. Joanne feels exceptionally lucky to have lived in many cities in the US and the world like - London, Paris, New York and Tokyo. Now she brings all her experience and passion to her teaching and feels blessed to pass on her love of the theater to her students.