Susan R. Joines- Founder, Classical Track Director
Susan holds a BA degree in dance from Towson University and an MA degree in dance from George Washington University. Ms. Joines studied classical ballet at both Peabody Institute and Baltimore Ballet. Susan founded Centre Pointe Performing Arts in 1983, after studying and performing in New York, Boston and Washington D. C. Ms. Joines also spent time working in the Development Department of the world famous City Center Theatre in New York. Ms. Joines founded Common Ground Dance Company in 1999 and served as Artistic Director for many years. Susan served three years as a panelist with the Maryland States Art Council. She has been on the dance faculty of such prestigious dance programs as Towson University, George Washington University and Harford Community College. She also served as a dance specialist for Cecil County public school system for two years, in addition to being a faculty member at Notre Dame Preparatory in Towson, MD.
Ms. Joines is very excited with the new expansion of Centre Pointe Performing Arts, the creation of the classical track and new addition of Maryland Classical Dance Academy – the non-profit arm of the classical division of Dancemoves. Students studying under the Direction of Ms. Joines, along with instruction from the very talented Centre Pointe Performing Arts instructors have been accepted into such prestigious dance institutions as Arizona University, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma City University, Elon University, Towson University, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Philadelphia School of the Arts, University of Maryland Baltimore County – Linehan Scholar Program for Dance, Mercyhust College of Dance and Pointe Park College for Dance.
Students have also been awarded such honors as Maryland Distinguished Scholars for the Arts in Dance, National Foundation for the Arts semi-finalists in dance, along with Youth American Grand Prix top soloists. Graduates have gone on to perform in professional venues such as , Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company – New York, Disney Dream Cruise Lines, Joffrey School of Contemporary Ballet Touring Company, Bliss Lau fashion week, McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA) representation for dancers in New York, X-Box Launch Dancer event, Bad Boys of Dance guest artists, So You Think You Can Dance – Ticket to Vegas winners.