Since 2014, Joseph has used his collegiate and professional dance experiences to:
create his personal approach to movement
deepen his understanding of dance's social, educational, and performative potential
communicate his perspective as a queer black man
His brand, JoeChoreo, houses his modeling, acting, dancing, and other endeavors.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Joseph grew up copying his sisters recital routines and cheer leading practices. His mom dances when she cleans and his dad in the club. Joseph attended Milton Academy in Milton, MA where he choreographed three pieces and performed in 31 over his four years. Joseph has interned at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA and Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY. Joseph attended Pomona College in sunny Claremont, CA. he engaged in a breadth of classes focused on Economics, to support his Investment Banking past, and created "The Workshop" a series of drop-in dance classes for students unable to make a large time commitment, but wanted to keep dance in their lives.
Joseph graduated from Pomona College in 2015 as a Dance major. After immediately applying to graduate school in Germany, his rejections gave him pause to consider, "What have I done and where do I want to go?" He participated in CSU Summer Arts: Monterey Bay and joined Contra Tiempo Futuro ('15-'16), the junior company of Contra Tiempo, all within the same summer. In 2016, Joseph secured a recurring role in the play Snap Honey, performed in Los Angeles Dance Festival and his largest event to date with Viver Brasil at the Hollywood Bowl.
Joseph's switch to Contra's Tiempo's afro-Cuban salsa styles and Viver Brasil's afro-Brazilian style, after training Modern and Ballet at Pomona for 4 years, reminded him of his Caribbean roots and dance origins: Jamaican Dancehall. Embarking on a personal journey, Joseph is using his lived past as a son of Jamaican immigrants, research on slave histories, historical anecdotes rarely told, and more to create dance/performance modules that explore facets of his identity, in a growing piece called #Storytime.
The first work born out of #Storytime is called #We Out Here.docx. The piece weaves together sexuality, class, privilege, and race seeing where they all meet: in liminal love. Performed at Lula Washington's Dance All Day Fest (2016) sponsored by the Dance Resource Center. He recently performed at Scripps College in a piece set by the choreographers of VersaStyle Dance Company.
Ultimately, Joseph wants to transform Public School Arts Education
to change how people value dance!
A paradoxical affinity exists in the arts world. Dance in Media and Entertainment is more respected and resourced than Dance in Education. This imbalance must be acknowledged and addressed! Dance is thrown in your face to supplement fun and youth in advertisements. We compliments musicians and the star performer. We serve until we are given or fight for our opportunityto lead. A quick search of "fine arts cuts" will reveal countless articles of the trend, but most fail to address the arts in more dire positions: Theatre and Dance.
Unlike other visual or performing arts, Dance has many barriers which dissuade investment:
- A studio can take up as much space as a whole theatre while unable to be implemented for most other art activities.
- Rehearsal for dance performances require paying humans and for the space used during each rehearsal.
- In our day to day, most media of any medium focus on visual and aural forms of dissemination.
Dance is the least visceral art to others yet the most dependent on the other arts success because we as a people are taught to understand through sight and hearing first. Senses more aligned for painting, drawing, music, singing, etc.
Dance calls upon the specific connection you have to yourself and own body; however, the lack of dance programming and exposure for all ages only encourages the atrophic cycle.
D O N A T E
Donations go directly to JoeChoreo (Joseph Reynolds) and are used to fill the gaps that make a dancer's life whole.
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