SWS Joe Perez Instructor
Joseph Perez hales from Chicago, Illinois, and began his professional dance career with the Empire State Ballet Co., (NY). From there he trained extensively in gymnastics with Leo Alexandrof (IL) and Jack Carter (AZ), where he later received his coaching certification with the United States Gymnastics Federation for women’s and men’s artistic gymnastics. Joseph’s dance career then took him across the United States, performing in productions such as “Sophisticated Ladies” and “Little Shop of Horrors”; Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand”; and worked as soloist and pas de deux partner for five seasons in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Joseph then spent a number of years performing internationally with various companies, including Disney (Tokyo DisneyLand and DisneySea), and in the Canadian productions of “West Side Story” (Stratford Festival), “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (Drayton Festival); “Evita” (Neptune Theatre), and “Rocky Horror Show” (Stage West Mississauga).

Throughout his professional dance career, Joseph has had the opportunity to teach master classes in Hip-Hop, Jazz and Ballet in Detroit (Dance Dynamic and Sherry’s Performing Arts School), Buffalo (Clark Academy of Dance), and Columbia (SC) for Southern Strut. Joseph has been hired as a Dance Clinician for the USFG, specializing in choreography for beam and floor. He was subsequently hired by the Illinois Gym Teacher Association as a Master Class Instructor, training area teachers in dance and choreography, for various dance and gymnastics programs. In Canada, he’s also been a professor of dance for St. Lawrence College in Ontario, and has guest taught in numerous Toronto-area dance studios.

Joseph continues to dance professionally, and is constantly creating new, and innovative dance routines for various companies. He looks forward in helping to cultivate the next generation of dancers and performers here as a part of Step with Style!