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Student Spotlight for December 2017

International Ballet Academy is pleased to feature Joanna Henn in its Student Spotlight for December 2017.  Joanna was chosen by vote of students in the Pre-Professional Division.  She was selected based on her teamwork, positive attitude,  work ethic, and being a good example for other IBA dancers. 


Joanna began her study of dance at age 3, first attending classes at Emmanuel School of the Arts in Inman, SC and the Master’s School in Greenville before enrolling at International Ballet Academy and Artios Conservatory (Greenville). She studied for a time with Anita Pacylowski-Justo at Dance Arts Greenville (formerly School of Carolina Ballet Theatre), performing with Carolina Ballet Theatre, before returning to IBA in 2017 and being selected for the International Ballet Junior Company. She supplements her ballet training with jazz, contemporary, swing, and English country dance. 


Joanna performed this month in the "Waltz of the Flowers" in International Ballet's The Nutcracker with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.  She also danced in IB's La Automne  as a soloist in "Jumpe"  and in "Parrot Dance" from La Bayadere, and she appeared in Storytime Ballet's "Clara's Nutcracker Journey" at the Greenville County Library.  With Carolina Ballet Theatre, she performed in The Nutcracker as Clara, Ballerina Doll, Candy, Snow, and Waltz of the Flowers., as well as in CBT's After Dark and Le jardin anime.  

She will compete for International Ballet Academy at the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semi-finals in Atlanta in January, 2018.


Joanna has attended summer programs at the Art of Classical Ballet and the Kirov Academy of Ballet, where she studied under Marianna Rozanova. She has been accepted to summer programs at Houston Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She competed in the Senior Classical and Contemporary Divisions at the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semi-finals in Atlanta in 2016 and 2017 representing Dance Arts Greenville.


Joanna is a 10th grade homeschooled student and studies in the architecture program at the Fine Arts Center. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Math Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, and the National Society of High School Scholars. She is a recipient of the Duke Tip State Award, Duke Tip National Award, and Honorable Mention in the Cleveland Institute of Art National Juried Art Competition. She lives in Greer and is the daughter of Pamela Talbot-Henn and Peter Henn.

 Photo by Jerry Finley Photography


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