Director of the School
Joan Beatson is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and started her dance training at age five. Joan graduated cum laude from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN with a B.A. in Dance. She later studied in New York with Michael Vernon, Ann Reinking, David Howard and Peff Modelski, among others. Joan joined the FSBT faculty in 2010 and also serves as a ballet mistress and company teacher.
Joan is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is a three-time recipient of the Delaware Division of the Arts Opportunity Grant to attend the Teacher’s Workshop at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA and teacher training at American Ballet Theatre. Joan is devoted to cultivating the love and appreciation of the art of ballet in all her students.
As Director of the School, Joan has overseen the creation of the Choreography Workshop with choreographer Viktor Plotnikov and the expansion of the Summer Intensive program. Ensemble pieces created during the Choreography Workshop have placed in the Top 12 at 2017 and 2018 Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York, and Mr. Plotnikov’s piece Hope won the Gold Medal at the 2018 World Ballet Competition.
Joan has over 20 years of experience in non-profit administration and has worked at many local non-profits, including the Delaware Theatre Company, the Music School of Delaware, and most recently as Director of Development at Wilmington Montessori School.
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