All of Kids Moving Company's instructors are experienced educators with backgrounds spanning the areas of childhood development, theater, dance, education, psychology, and physical education and fitness. Many hold advanced degrees. Our teachers also attend an extensive training program in perceptual and motor development during their first year of teaching with the company, as well as on-going professional development classes.
Founder and Director
Joye earned her Master of Arts in Education and Human Development, with a specialty in Perceptual Motor Development, from George Washington University. Prior to opening her private practice, she served as Perceptual Motor consultant to a variety of organizations including the Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington, the Technical Assistance Center of Northern Virginia and the School for Contemporary Education in Virginia. Currently, Joye is primarily involved in the clinical practice at Kids Moving Company, which provides individual perceptual motor therapy to people ranging in age from 2 to 60 years. In addition, she offers workshops to teachers and parents in perceptual motor development, creative movement, and reading readiness. She also oversees the extensive training program that is required of all KMC teachers. Joye is a founding member of WISER, and served as the original Education Chair. Her other professional affiliations include AAHPER, NAEYC and CEC.
Joye has just co-authored the highly acclaimed book, "Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow " with her good friend, Carol Kranowitz. Please visit their website, www.in-sync-child.com for more information about the book.
Lucia has been teaching creative movement and dance to young children since 1979 and began teaching at Kids Moving Company in 1991. In addition to her work at KMC, Lucia teaches ballet, modern dance, yoga and improvisation to students of various ages and spent six years working as a classroom teacher for preschoolers in the DC area. Lucia has a Masters Degree in Dance Education, and has been trained by Joye Newman as a perceptual motor therapist and provides this service to children and adolescents at Kids Moving Company.
Val moved from England to America in 1988 and began teaching at KMC in 1998. She has been a nanny in the DC area for almost 20 years, and loves being around children of all ages. As a hobby, Val paints and designs children's t-shirts.
Creative Movement Instructor
Jill holds a Master of Arts degree in Dance Education from NYU and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Choreography from VCU. She is certified in Language of Dance®, which allows students to create and share their own movement compositions. She has attended numerous professional development workshops specifically on teaching children with special needs, dance therapy, and Autism spectrum disorders. Prior to joining Kids Moving Company, Jill was a professional dancer and New York State certified teacher affiliated with the National Dance Education Organization. Jill started her work with special needs students as a teaching artist through the New York City Ballet education department. She later created and led a sensory-based movement program for children with special needs while at Aaron School, a therapeutic elementary school in Manhattan. More recently, she led a summer movement program through Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington, DC and has continued her private practice as a certified Reiki practitioner.
Robyn holds Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Dance from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch University. She is a registered Dance Movement Therapist and strongly believes in the mind - body connection. Prior to working with Kids Moving Company, Robyn worked with children and adolescents on the Autism spectrum at a special needs school. She has performed in the D.C. area, and has taught hip - hop and modern dance to children of all ages. Robyn is excited to join Kids Moving Company as she enjoys using movement to further the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual.
Christine holds Bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science and English, with minors in dance and creative writing. In recent years she has worked with preschool children as a certified Montessori educator and children's yoga instructor. Christine serves on the Board of Directors for the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County and is a kindergarten Catechist at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. When she's not enjoying other people's children, she is Mom to three of her own plus two beloved dogs. She loves to write, to cook, to dance (mostly in the living room with her kids and husband) and to keep learning.