Joy McEwen


Joy McEwen has been involved in dance as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher her entire career. She is the Auxiliaries Coordinator for the Purdue University "All-American" Marching Band. In this capacity she serves as the coach of the Goldusters Dance Team and also oversees the Purdue Twirlers, including the Golden Girl, Girl in Black, Silver Twins and The All-American Twirlers. (Click here for more information about Purdue bands.) She is currently teaching Rhythms and Dance and Gymnastics at Purdue in the College of Health and Human Sciences in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. She has also worked with the Purdue University Department of Theater as a choreographer for numerous theater productions and as an instructor. In 2012, she received the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD) NDA: Dance Educator of the Year Award. She attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and then received a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. After college, she moved to New York City and danced professionally with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and was Co-Founder of the Wellspring Project (Dance), a contemporary repertory dance company. She has years of experience performing as a soloist with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company in New York City and touring as a modern dancer. She has had the opportunity to perform at Lincoln Center and The Joyce Theater in New York, The American Dance Festival in North Carolina, Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts, and many other places in the United States. She has also performed or taught in Canada, Portugal, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia. Mrs. McEwen has taught at Yeshiva University (NY), Hunter College (NY), and Mary Mount College (NY) and as a guest artist at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.