Fun Fact: Joie wrote the Dakota Ridge High School fight song.
owner, managing director, educator, instructor
Joie Lê, Phd
At age 45, Joie decided that her dream of building a space for dance and meditation should be realized. She peeked inside the abandoned dry cleaners many times over the four years it sat empty and imagined grand jetés and squeaky sneakers moving across a floor. She learned to dance in a similar space on an unforgiving linoleum floor in New Mexico. Those first fouettés eventually faded into memory, but her love of dance remained even as she moved to Colorado some 20 years later.
In Colorado, she became a Poms coach, jump starting a program in a rebuilding year. While learning to coach a mostly-untrained dance team, Joie began to recognize the cornerstone of good teaching: building others up is far more valuable than breaking others down. The team went on to win back-to-back state championships in just four years’ time. She coached for 10 years, working with Broomfield, Horizon, and Dakota Ridge. Many of her students went on to dance for college and professional teams or became professional dancers, fitness trainers, and educators. Eventually, she turned her attention to raising a family and after baby numero dos, she “retired” from coaching but still remained in an instructional role as a high school English teacher.
As an educator, Joie teaches English Literature & Composition for secondary and higher education and recently accepted a Humanities position for the Watershed School in Boulder. She is a guest speaker on various topics, including research methods, refugee and immigrant experience, and culturally responsive pedagogy. She holds a BA and MA in English Literature and Creative Writing and an MA and PhD in education. She is currently an MFA student at Regis University working on her memoir as an adoptee of the Vietnam War. The build and design of the studio was a near-solo effort by Joie, a project spanning over six months till full completion. Please visit the Gallery page to see the studio’s evolution!