JoAnn was born and raised in Derwent Alberta, and has been training in dance since the age of three. Training in Ceccetti ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, and Ukrainian folk dance. JoAnn began her dance training in Vermilion Alberta, and has participated in many competitions and workshops. Since an early age JoAnn has had a love for teaching children in the art of dance. JoAnn continues to develop her performance abilities training and travelling across North America as a member of the Cheremosh Ukranian Dance Company.
JoAnn achieved her Associate Cecchetti Society of Canada-Cecchetti International Classical Ballet (Assoc. CSC-CICB) certification. This is an international recognized teaching credential for classical ballet. This certification enables her to enter students into internationally recognized ballet exams at Grades and Major levels including:
- Edmonton School of Ballet – Junior Preparatory Grades
- Ballet Progressions Foundation – Grade 5 to Senior Grade 11
- Cecchetti International Classical Ballet – Grades and Major levels
JoAnn has also been successful in all ballet exams including Advanced I in the Cecchetti Method. She is certified in Intermediate II Jazz (ADAPT) and Pre-Intermediate II Tap (ADAPT).