MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

Allison Smart 

I am 19 years old, I graduated from Cabot High School and i am studying at the University of Central Arkansas. I started dancing at 18 months old and started teaching dance at 13 years old. i teach hip hop, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, kick, and pom. My favorite styles of dance are hip hop and tap because of the rhythm of the music brings out the percussionist in me. I look forward to getting to know everyone and this year to come at DWJ!


Katy Hamilton

I am 20 years old, a Beebe High School graduate. I will be starting my Junior year in Nursing at Arkansas Tech University. I have been dancing for 14 years, competitively for 8 years at Cabot Dance Academy. My 5 year teaching experience is in recreational and competitive classes in the styles of jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, ballet, and tap. My favorite styles are musical theatre and lyrical because of the story telling. I look forward to sharing my love of dance with you this year at DWJ.  


Jocelyn Brown

I have been teaching at Dance With Joy for two years. I am 22 years old and just completed my education at Arkansas Tech University. I have been involved in dance throughout my entire life and currently take a Line Dance class with my grandmother. I am so excited to meet my new dancers and reunite with my returning dancers. This season will be the best one yet at DWJ!


  

 Joy Murphy 

Professional Dance & Fitness Instructor/Choreographer

 

Joy is the founder of Dance With Joy Enterprises, Inc. She is a licensed ASCAP member, a certified Yoga instructor, a AFSA certified Group Fitness/Bootcamp instructor, a member of IDEA, a member of River Valley Arts Center and a member of Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. Joy has served as the AR Regional Director of National Dance Week and a Board Member of the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center. Joy is the proud recipient the Beaux Arts award for Performing Artist of the year 2015. 

In 1978, she became an adjunct instructor for Arkansas Tech University .  Joy taught various dance and fitness classes for 38 years at ATU Continuing Education until the Department was dissolved in 2014. She opened her first studios in 1979, at the age of 19, in Russellville and Ozark. She traveled to many surrounding towns teaching children and adults, accumulating a studio family of over 300. Joy enjoyed many years competing in various styles of dance during 1986-1990. In 1992, she appeared in many tapings of the nationally televised show Club Dance, on the Nashville network TNN, showcasing her style of country dancing . In 2013, Joy worked at the College of The Ozarks as an adjunct instructor teaching an accredited Ballroom dance class. In 2014, Joy became a USUI Reiki Practicioner and a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor

As a former pageant circuit Queen, she serves as a judge and MC for talent/pageant competitions, community festivals and events. Joy has had the privilege of teaching up to 4 generations of families. She enjoyed teaching youth classes, showcasing their abilities and coaching them for competition. Joy continues to teach adult dance and fitness classes.

In 1992, DWJ studio incorporated and became DWJ Enterprises, Inc. beginning a new journey as an entertainment arts studio. In 1995 Joy built a state of the art facility on Crow Mountain in Russellville, Arkansas. This is where it all happens now offering many styles of dance, acrobatics, tumbling, aerial dance, & fitness program. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Udit fell in love with bellydance many moons ago, after having her first son. She has been passionate about dance and has travelled to attend many workshops and events to challenge her dance to grow. Some notable inspirations she's had the pleasure of learning from include Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Bellanatana, Tribal Feat, Rose Harden, Jill Parker of Ultra Gypsy, Elizabeth Strong, Heather Stants of Urban Tribal, Sabrina Fox and Steven Eggers of Atash Maya, and many other distinguished bellydance icons. Udit and has had the great honor of learning intensively from the incomparable Mira Betz. She lives and has taught bellydance in Russellville, Arkansas. 

 

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