Joanna Lessard – Owner

NDCA Certified Social & Advanced Bronze, Social & Advanced Silver, Gold, Associate Professional Diploma

Joanna took her first ballroom dance class in 1994 while majoring in psychology and minoring in dance at St. Mary’s University. After graduating, she became an instructor at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Rochester, MN, later transferring to the Inver Grove Heights studio where she met Chad, who became her dance and life partner. Together they were Fred Astaire National Rising Star & Open 10-Dance finalists and have performed with such stars as Edyta Slowinska, Alec Mazo & Kym Johnson of Dancing With The Stars. They have also directed and produced the annual MN Showcase of Stars for a number of years.

In addition to her extensive ballroom experience, Joanna has participated in university & community theater and musicals and has been a guest choreographer at Theatre in the Round Productions in Minneapolis. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, flamenco and belly dance. She teaches bellydancing and belongs to a performance troupe which has made many appearances at the Renaissance Festival & the Festival of Nations.