ABOUT US

Joanne DePue, director, is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in dance performance and dance education. Upon graduation, she was the recipient of the Ursela Melita Heisman award for outstanding achievement in ballet. 

 

Miss Joanne has danced with and choreographed for several dance companies.  She has been teaching dance since 1981 and has worked with dancers of all ages and abilities.  She is skilled in teaching dance to special needs kids.

 

Miss Joanne has choreographed many Broadway musicals for Archbishop Wood High School.  Her credits include West Side Story, 42nd Street, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Guys and Dolls, Rapunzel, Scrooge, Peter Pan, My Fair Lady, Oliver, The Music Man, Honk, Footloose,Aladdin, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, Seussical, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Miss Joanne has choreographed School House Rock, On This Island, Honk Jr, 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Seussical, Broadway Revue, Willie Wonka, and The Music Man for Montgomery Elementary School.  She has choreographed Jamie’s Will, A Father’s Story, and If All Else Fails for Pennbrook Middle School.

 

Miss Joanne also holds an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology and has been a practicing veterinary technician since 1979.

 

Susan Moore, studio manager, is a graduate of Holy Family College, (BA) and Temple University earning a Master’s Degree in English Education.  In addition to managing The Dance Place,Miss Sue taught English as a Second Language at the high school level from 1979-2010.

 

Our dancers have performed in the Channel 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia since 1997, and our competition teams have competed in numerous competitions such as Showstopper, Headliners, Starbound, Starquest, Starpower, Beyond the Stars, Dance Xplosion, and Dynamite National Talent Competition.  Dance Place graduates routinely participate on their college dance teams.  Dance Place dancers have gone on to be employed by DisneyWorld and Sesame Place.

Our studios are clean and bright.  Each has a raised dance floor that reduces fatigue and prevents injury.  We have a large waiting area for parents and siblings.

 

Here at The Dance Place  we are committed to nurturing our dancers’ self-esteem and self-discipline while exposing them to a high-quality dance education program.