I met Joie when I was 15 years old, when she began coaching my High School Poms Team. Our team didn’t have a stable coach nor training. Luckily, when Joie became our Coach she molded our team into a force to be reckoned with. She was able to create a strong, confident, cohesive team; she changed my life. I look up to her, not only because of her talent, but because of her strength and confidence. Flash forward to16 years later, I am now a Poms Coach at a local High School. I find myself using the same methods and coaching techniques Joie instilled in me. I can’t thank her enough for encouraging me and motivating me to become the best dancer I could possibly be. Without her I wouldn’t have made it as a professional dancer for 12 years. Thank you Joie for being a role model, a terrific mentor and coach, and for sharing your love for the arts.
My experience working with Joie Norby was when I was on the Horizon High School dance team (2001-2005). I can confidently express that she was by far one of my most influential coaches, teachers and mentors I have had in my life. I am grateful I had a person like Joie to look up to as a young woman. She taught me a great deal about perseverance, how to push myself, how to be a teammate that helps build the people around you, how to strive for my personal best, but most importantly, she taught me to never give up. Joie supports the arts, education and community. I highly recommend working with her. Children need influential people to look up to. Joie, in my opinion, is one of the best people I have ever worked with. She is a huge reason why I am the strong woman I am today.
As a highly qualified English teacher and special education teacher, I am often assigned alongside a general education teacher for co-taught Language Arts classes. The intent is that between both teachers the needs of an integrated class can be well met; with me serving as the interventionist and the general education teacher serving as the content expert. I had the privilege of co-teaching classes with Joie. Joie is such a gifted instructor that any visitor to our room would never have known who the interventionist was. It could have easily been Joie because the way she naturally thinks, designs and instruct content is perfect for teaching students who learn differently. It is second nature to Joie to constantly assess where her students are as they build skills and process concepts. She is agile and able to seamlessly shift or amend as needed for effectiveness. In addition, her creativity is boundless and infused in everything she touches. While Joie’s career has evolved past high school public education, the skills I watched her expertly employ, and have always admired, are still an essential part of her. Joie is a rare talent and a valuable instructor. I recommend you take the opportunity to learn from her.
When I first started training with Joie, the only thing I had going for me in the area of dance was that I had a little bit of rhythm. I had never done any choreography and had zero technical training. In the matter of a few months, Joie took me from being an awkward, flailing mess-of-a-dancer to a technically trained, sharp dancer with funk. Joie has the unique ability to draw forth the soul in each dancer. She is patient and encouraging while always pushing you to be your best self. Over the years, I have trained with many instructors since having worked with Joie. Joie is by far still the best instructor I have ever worked with!