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Founder, Director - Dancemoves Studio of Dance, 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 under Barbara Cleaves and Baltimore Ballet under Kathleen Crofton. Susan founded Dancemoves Studio of Dance 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... more

Dancemoves Studio of Dance - Established 1983

Dancemoves Studio of Dance celebrated 30 years of excellence in dance training, this past June marked 30 years of dance training for the Baltimore and Harford County area. Offering over 60 classes per week, Dancemoves offers classes to students 2- 18 years of age. Advanced students take an average of 20 hours of dance per week, studying ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. Dancemoves has a few different tracks a student can pursue to reach their goals, a performance track for those who may be inclined towards a performance career, classical track for those more serious in their pursuit of ballet as a possible pathway to success, a children's track for the young dancers starting out aged 2- 7 years old, a general studies track for those wishing to pursue dance on a more casual level and hip hop for those wishing to grow in their appreciation of or talent for hip hop. Dancemoves has so much to offer and has a great track record, producing professional dancers along with guiding many of its senior graduating dancers towards excellent college programs in dance.

  • Dancemoves Studio of Dance

    Dancemoves Studio of Dance, established 1983 by Susan R. Joines.
  • Hanging out backstage

    Dancers love the end of year performance and Dancemoves' last performance, in June 2013 was the 30th and a great event. Each year, the dance concert is held at Goucher College and is always a favorite for all.
  • Young dancer

    Carleigh, pictured here as a. dancer, now attending James Madison University. Dance will always be an important part of her life.
  • 2010 graduating seniors

    Katie, Sam, Liz, Amanda and Ariana, Dancemoves 5- 2010 graduating seniors, all went on to college to pursue a dream. Amanda was starting to fulfill that dream, hired as a dancer in Texas, to return to Oklahoma City University as a dance major ready to complete her senior year, but it wasn't meant to be as Amanda and 4 of her Texas friends were killed in a car accident on their way home from a end of summer cast party. It has been one of the hardest moments of 30 years at Dancemoves, we will be honoring Amanda's memory in this year's end of year dance concert - For Amanda.
  • 2010 Graduate

    Sam, 2010 graduate, soon to graduate Towson University as a dance major. Getting ready to audition and pursue her dream!
  • Senior dancer performing

    Elizabeth, 2010 graduate of Dancemoves finishing up her final year at Towson University, getting her education degree and one of Dancemoves' favorite hip hop teachers.
  • Graduating senior 2012

    Emily, 2012 Dancemoves graduate, last moment onstage with her mom, now attending University of Maryland as a Science major, hopes to become a doctor.
  • Senior dancer

    Marina, 2012 graduate of Dancemoves Studio of Dance, attending UMBC as Linehan Scholar for Dance.
  • Tiny dancers

    It often starts at a young age, that love for dance. At Dancemoves, dancers can begin at 2 and dance through high school and then our graduating seniors come back to visit and take classes during breaks! We love that!!!

Maryland Classical Dance Academy

A non profit organization created in 2013 to support the efforts of the newly formed classical division of Dancemoves Studio of Dance. Created to support the yearly production of The Nutcracker along with the classically trained dancers involvement with advanced ballet competitions such as America Youth Grand Prix and other international ballet competitions.

Maryland Classical Dance Academy received its non profit status this year and is now an offical not for profit company, serving Baltimore, Harford and surrounding areas of Maryland. MCDA continues to mount an annual Nutcracker production, which is open to students studying both at Dancemoves as well as from local dance schools. This production allows dancers to participate in a professionally produced presentation, presented for the last few years at CCBC - Essex. It continues to grow in scope each year, allowing not only student aged dancers to perform, but bringing in dancers from local college dance programs, such as Towson University. In addition, guest artists are brought in to add to the production, utilizing professionals from companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company of New York. Dancers are exposed to choreography that is top notch, custom hand made costumes, professional backdrops and lighting and in a professional setting. MCDA provides and opportunity for growth and development for all those involved.

MCDA continues to train young dancers to participate in the Youth America Grand Prix, having dancers who have placed in top 3 in regionally held competitions. This gives serious dance students the opportunity to compete amongst the best in the nation and to have exposure to the professionals within the ballet world, along with opportunities to receive scholarships and/or recognition for a place in the professional world of dance.

  • Kelly Sneddon Aurora Variation

    Kelly Sneddon, 2009 graduate of Dancemoves Studio of Dance, shown posing for Aurora Variation,which was rehearsed and presented at the 2008 Spartanburg Youth America Grand Prix. This aspect of Dancemoves Studio of Dance's training program is now supported by the Maryland Classical Dance Academy.
  • Senior dancers YAGP

    Senior dancers of Dancemoves Studio of Dance with ballet, Deborah Engerman, preparing to perform at the Youth America Grand Prix in South Carolina.
  • Young contemporary dancer

    Dancer preparing to perform contemporary solo, part of Youth America Grand Prix training program offered by Dancemoves Studio of Dance and supported by the Maryland Classical Dance Academy.
  • Kerry Bruso - Classical Variation

    Senior dancer preparing to perform variation at Youth America Grand Prix. After months of private coaching, endless hours of weekly classes, ready to perform.
  • Nutcracker rehearsal

    Dancers preparing for Nutcracker - Chinese- hours of rehearsals each year, starting in August, leading up to performance in December.
  • Flowers rehearsal - Dancemoves Studio of Dance

    Dancers in rehearsal for Flowers, part of the annual Nutcracker production. The production has historically been produced by Dancemoves Studio of Dance and with the creation of the Maryland Classical Dance Academy, it is the hope to expand the opportunities for both the community and the dancers.
  • Nutcracker Clara and Prince

    Two senior level dancers performing in annual production of the Nutcracker, now under the support of the Maryland Classical Dance Academy, housed at Dancemoves Studio of Dance in White Marsh, Maryland. This production allows many in the community the opportunity to enjoy this holiday favorite and experience the excellently trained dancers take to the stage to tell the story of Clara and her Nutcracker.
  • Junior level classical track student

    As a member of Dancemoves Studio of Dance, this student is part of our new classical division and is being trained privately under the Maryland Classical Dance Academy to compete in international ballet competitions and participate in the annual Nutcracker production.
  • Kerry Bruso

    Kerry Bruso, a 2013 graduate of Dancemoves Studio of Dance, rehearsed and competed in two years of international ballet competition. She is now attending Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major.
  • Senior dancer leaping

    Senior dancer performing onstage, leaping.

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