Joanna Willey BA (Hons) DipLCM(TD) IDTA ATODI (Affil) - Principal
Joanna Willey lives on the Island with her husband and two young children. She started her dance & music training in her hometown of Doncaster, South Yorkshire and by the age of 12 was offered a scholarship to study Violin, Piano & Singing at Chethams' School of Music, Manchester. She then continued her Music Education at St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh & Middlesex University, London.
Although Joanna is a highly trained musician she also studied dance to a high level performing with the Lewis London Ballet, filming a pop video for EMI records, winning Cabaret Dance Championships & studying at the Northern Ballet School as a child along the way. Joanna has performed on television shows including the Michael Barrymore Show and as a Violinist in Robbie Williams' band on Top of the Pops, the National Lottery Show & various Michael Parkinson shows. Joanna also supported Uri Geller on his UK Theatre Tour as part of the pop duo Brother!Sister and was offered a world tour as a Violinist/Dancer with Spirit of the Dance.
Joanna trained as a dance teacher with the International Dance Teachers' Association (IDTA) but is an affiliated member of the Australian Teachers of Dancing International (ATODI) as she loves their syllabi and the wide range of genres they offer. Fusion Arts Academy are the only school on the Island to offer this exceptional syllabus & we are visited on the Island each year by an ATOD examiner.
Joanna is the Isle of Wight representative for Stave House - the best way of learning to read music - IN THE WORLD !! She passed her Stave House (London College of Music) teaching diploma in 2015 with 100% . It really is a fabulous system and adds a new dimension to the learning and teaching of music. For more information on Stave House please visit www.stavehouse.co.uk or to book Joanna to run your schools' Stave House Reception / Year 1 Music lessons please contact her here firstname.lastname@example.org.