No matter where she teaches, Joanne Brady is
remembered for her instruction, her humor and her infectious energy!
While passing her class, you’ll probably hear, “Yes, Joanne!”
coming from the mouths of eager, enthusiastic students;
so, it’s no wonder Joanne has earned herself a star in the dance
instructors’ hall of fame! She has
been nominated for numerous awards and has had many of her dances published in
magazines around the world. She
recently won two (2) prestigious awards at the first Dancer’s Choice Awards in
began teaching 13 years ago, after taking private lessons. She recruited dancers
for a weekly TV show “The Country Video Dance Show” in
is now retired (from the daily work force) but worked for 16 years teaching
moderately to severely handicapped students and worked another 18 years as an
administrative secretary in school transportation.
Joanne says she is an avid reader (but mostly in airports) as she spends
much of her time, now, traveling to teach and judge.
Don’t miss taking a class from this comedic dynamo!
You’ll be glad you did!
can reach Joanne at: www.joannebrady.com;
dancing is a million miles away from her previous jobs.
Joanne taught Special Education to handicapped and disabled children for
sixteen years as well as being involved in Delaware Special Olympics for over 10
years. Joanne is also an accomplished musician who plays several
instruments and at one point in her life, gave private instrumental music
lessons to children.
parents will know, getting two children out of the house in the morning on time
is a nightmare. After leaving her
classroom position Joanne moved into a secretarial position in the school
district’s transportation department. She
had the onerous task of coordinating some 16,000 student’s bus routes to and
from school. She retired from the
state of Delaware in August 1999 after 28 years of service.
She then proceeded to work part time for a school district in Maryland,
retiring totally in Oct. 2003 to travel and teach.
has choreographed more then 15 dances, many of which have been published
in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world. But Jo is best known as a “teacher”.
She will be the first to admit that she enjoys and thrives on teaching
much more then choreographing. She
enjoys giving beginners and seniors the benefit of her knowledge and her
philosophy is very simple….She believes that line dancing should, ultimately,
be a FUN, leisure activity. “If
it becomes too intense then people drift away and find something else to do”
she wisely observes. If it becomes
too serious “it frightens off the beginner; the very people who will keep the
dance community alive…might scurry back to their seats and never be seen
the opportunity to work with Scooter Lee came along, Jo was worried about her
husband’s reaction to her being away from home; however; he was and still is
very supportive. “I’ve been
married to Bob for 26 years. I
adore him; he’s simply the best. He’s
not a dancer but travels with me when he can in the US, Canada and abroad.
We didn’t have any children but I have a 16-year-old nephew and a
14-year-old niece that I adore and sometimes dote on like they were my own.”
Brady makes a positive impression on everyone she meets.
Her teaching is always full of humor and she is never too busy to talk
and spend time with the dancers. When
Scooter Lee first met Joanne she told her “You possess a great gift which you
have no idea you have.” Prophetic
dancers who have had the good fortune to meet and learn with Joanne Brady know
that Scooter is right!