JSquareDance offers high level pre-professional training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop, with an emphasis on technique. In addition to our technique classes our Company dancers participate dance competitions. We offer recreational classes to students who want the experience of learning different dance styles and performing in our annual recital. Our philosophy of the art is to help each student become their best self through dance.
Justin “Judd” Gibbs danced professionally for eighteen years with the Grand Rapids Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Contrast Dance Company and Balletmet.
Career and Study
Judd studied with; Charthel Arthur, Robert Estner, Paul Sutherland, Alexander Lunev, Dermot Burke, Kathy Moriarty, Greg Robinson, David Nixon, Raymond Smith, and countless others. Judd has performed works by choreographers Dwight Rhoden, James Kudelka, Martino Mueller, Adam Hougland, Lynne Taylor Corbett, Alvin Ailey, David Shimotakahara, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and George Balanchine to name a few.
As an accomplished choreographer, Judd has received a fellowship from the Greater Columbus Arts Council on three occasions, and annually choreographs and dances for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Holliday Pops.
Collaborator, Visionary, and Educator
Among Judd’s artist accomplishments he has collaborated with Gerard Charles for Balletmet’s Alice and Aladdin, and was a part of Balletmet’s 30×30 Project in 2007. He spent two years as the Ballet Master at Seven Dance Company in Columbus, OH. Judd has been on faculty at Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Balletmet, Dayton Dance Conservatory, Howard School of Dance, and New Albany Ballet School. His knowledge and energy in the classroom has earned him many guest-teaching opportunities for Grand Rapids Ballet School, Dayton Ballet School, Young People’s Ballet Theatre, New American Youth Ballet, Balletmet Company class, Evansville Dance Theatre, and The Columbus Academy.
Joanie Evans began her dance training at the age of three.
Career and Study
Joanie studied with St. Romain Dance Academy and performed in The Nutcracker as The Sugar Plum Fairy, Turkish Lead and Coppelia as a friend and Raymonda Varitions as a soloist. Upon completing high school Joanie attended Wright State University where she appeared in works by Teressa Wylie McWillams, Gina Gardner, Justin Gibbs, Adam Hougland and Sussie Payne. While at Wright State University Ms. Evans also was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Companies second compa-ny.
Her work titled “Unscripted” was selected to be performed in the Winter Dance Concert at Wright State University. It also received reviews from the Dayton Daily News. In December of 2011-2013 she performed with The Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops. Joanie joined Seven Dance in Columbus, Ohio in 2012 working as a performer and choreographer until December of 2013.
As a free-lance choreographer, and teacher, Joanie worked at Epic Dance before launching JsquareDance with her husband Judd Gibbs in 2013.