Bio - Joan Robinson

Joan Robinson is a California native. Born in Sacramento, raised in Berkeley and residing in Vallejo, she is a married full-time mom of four children ages 6-19 and is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Administration Degree at South University specializing in Real Estate.

Her studies in performance art dates back to childhood. At the age of seven, she began with Ballet, then segued into Jazz and Hip Hop/break dancing until she discovered Afro-Haitian Dance. As a student of Berkley High School she was trained in this dance style by Master Anisa Rasheed, a member of the well known Bay Area Dimensions Dance Theater. Joan also sang in the schools mixed chorus as a first and second soprano.

At college level and as a student at Laney Community College in Oakland, she minored in Dance and simultaneously, for 3 years, held the position of Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Music/Dance/Theater Arts/Media Communications & Physical Education Departments. Joan also studied West African, Modern and Jazz dance during her time at the Laney Community College.

Whilst there she met the acquaintance of Mastre Carlos Acetunio’ a Capoeira, Dance, Vocal and Percussion instructor who also introduced her to another mentor; Master Molonga Casquelord; a Vocal, Dance & Percussion choreographer & instructor. These chance meetings, allowed her the opportunity to join and tour with Mastre Acetunio’s Brazilian Dance Company “Fogo Na Roupa” and his Capoeira Company “Omalou Capoeira” for 3 years. She was also recruited by Master Casquelord as a dancer in his company “Fua Dia Congo”, where she danced for 3 years until his passing in 2003.

Formerly trained in Ballroom and Salsa, she has performed at the Vallejo California’s Dance Unlimited. Joan has also been a featured model for several projects/artists including Ben Hazard, Adam Clay, Helen Keller, SFMOMA, Berkeley Recycles Project, Bridge Housing Magazine and the Peralta Community Colleges 1998 catalog.

Her knowledge with teaching and children stems from her many years of experience working with children of all ages. Some of her experience includes Childcare Center Director of Berkeley’s LGBT Pacific Center for 2 years, baby sitter and nanny to infants of the homeless in Berkeley and a tutor. She also served as Secretary of the PTO at the Vallejo Charter School for one year and is also a volunteer for their Music and Theater Programs.

Joan brings with her a deep love and commitment to the arts, that has allowed her to enthusiastically share this with many children and adults. Her aim is to continue to bring joy to peoples lives through music and dance and peace of mind through yoga and meditation.

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