Helen Hayes has been teaching modern and jazz at Joy of Motion for 27 years. She is dedicated to building community through dance and believes that dance builds strong minds and strong bodies. As the Director of the Dance Institute, she oversees the Youth Dance Ensemble, the American Dance Conservatory and LEAP! (JOM’s adult conservatory training program for adults) and serves as a core faculty member. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in dance. She has danced professionally with the Maryland Dance Theater, Perlo/Bloom and Co., Cathy Paine and Friends, Deborah Riley Dance Projects and Dupont Alley Dance Company. Touring internationally, she has been featured on Good Morning Hong Kong. She has performed throughout the United States including the Honors Gala in tribute to Chita Rivera at the Kennedy Center. Hayes was the co-founder of CrossCurrents Dance Company (former Resident Arts Partner at Joy of Motion) which she co-directed from 1996-2008. She spent the summer of 2002 teaching jazz and modern in Varna, Bulgaria at the International Ballet Competition. She was on the adjunct faculty at the University of MD in 2006 and has taught numerous master classes in the United States and abroad.
Under Hayes’ direction, the Youth Dance Ensemble has won the Metro DC Dance Award for Most Outstanding Youth Performance in 2006, 2010 and 2012. In 2009, Hayes was the recipient of the prestigious Metro DC Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education. Several of her students have gone on to enjoy professional careers in repertory dance companies on Broadway and form their own professional dance companies.
Vanessa Rowan oversees the finance, HR, office administration, and studio operations. Vanessa began her career in public accounting at KPMG, where she worked in the Development and Exempt Organizations practice, providing tax review, preparation, and consulting services for nonprofit organizations across the country. Prior to joining Joy of Motion, Vanessa worked as the Senior Accountant for Special Projects at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she specialized in accounting for contributed revenue, investments, the Center’s endowment, and special events. She also has been a student at Joy of Motion since 2003. Vanessa holds a BA from Muhlenberg College in Accounting and Dance, a Masters of Accounting with a Tax Emphasis from the College of William and Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business, and a CPA license.
Julia Harman Cain, Director of External Relations, heads up fundraising, marketing, and communications for Joy of Motion’s myriad artistic, educational, and community engagement programs. Prior to joining Joy of Motion in 2013, she was the Managing Director of Forum Theatre, where she oversaw development, finance, marketing, audience services, and company management. She previously worked at the National Children’s Museum, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, and the Catalogue for Philanthropy. She has served on grant review panels for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and she is a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), as well as a Notary Public, commissioned in the District. Julia holds a BA in Comparative Literature and a certificate in Theater & Dance from Princeton University. She is currently earning her MBA from Johns Hopkins University.
Sarah Chapin, Director of Production, is responsible for managing the Jack Guidone Theater and the many shows Joy of Motion produces throughout the performing season, as well as being administrative support for our Youth Performance Companies.
She has trained extensively in modern, Contact Improvisation, Performance Improvisation, and Lindy Hop, and has also studied ballet, West African technique, blues dance, and the Brazilian social dance form forró. An avid social dancer, she travels to Lindy Exchanges around the U.S.
She holds degrees in Dance and Portuguese from Middlebury College in Middlebury VT. A North Carolina native and an adopted Vermonter, Sarah comes to Joy of Motion most recently from Bennington VT, where she served as the Dance Technical Director and Master Electrician at Bennington College. She maintains an active freelance career as a theatrical electrician, technician, and stage manager.
Krystal Odom has been dancing her entire life but began her formal training at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet. She has performed with the Jones-Haywood Youth Dancers, Bren-Car Dancers, and in Adrian Vincent James’ 40th Anniversary in Dance and the Arts. She has taught ballet and tap at the New School of Dance and Arts and Bren-Car School of Dance. She has taught hip hop with the D.A.R.E.® Dance program since 2007. She is very excited to continue teaching ballet and hip hop at Joy of Motion Dance Center.
Jenifer Dobbins is a passionate dance educator, choreographer, theater technician, and arts organizer, advocate, and administrator. Her passion for ballet pedagogy has led her to licensure in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet, through the Cecchetti Council of America. Her philosophy for teaching is anatomically sound, inclusive, and nurturing. A graduate of UMBC Department of Dance, Jen performed with Baltimore Dance Project and received an Undergraduate Research Award to study with the Jose Limon Foundation. Jen has performed and choreographed in the DMV for over 15 years, specializing in technology driven and theatrically inquisitive works. As an educator, Jen has taught dance regionally for over 12 years and her students have won numerous awards and scholarships, with many going on to dance in college and professionally. Jen is exhilarated to be a part of the Joy of Motion Faculty.