Guest teaching and choreography in foreign countries like Royal Ballet School, The Swedish Ballet School, Canada ~ Maritime Conservatory, The Estonian National Ballet School, National Ballet School of Iceland.


Now in her 30th year on Nutmeg's classical ballet faculty, Joan's 2014-2017 seasons have included  guest teaching for the Estonian National Ballet School in Tallinn, Stockholm's Balettakadamien for professional freelance dancers; company classes for Ballet Idaho and Canada's Ballet Jorgen and  summer intensives at the Maritime Conservatory, Halifax, NS.  She has taught  in Oslo (Kirkenaer Ballettskolen), Stockholm (the Swedish Ballet School), London's Royal Ballet School and RAD Teacher Training Program, Iceland's National Ballet School and throughout the USA. She  served as Ballet Mistress to MOMIX and Ballet Mississippi, has taught by invitation of Pilobolus dancers, and in university dance departments (Butler, SMU, U. of Utah and SUNY-Binghamton).

Students she has co-trained have joined over 70 professional companies, including The New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Richmond Ballet, Colorado Ballet and many others.  Her choreography has been performed in Norway, Sweden, Canada and the USA and includes works for concert stage, sacred space, TV and outdoor sites such as Jacob's Pillow.   She has written for Pointe Magazine, and produced a poetry book "Playing With Gravity" (Antrim House, 2007)  and CD (2011).   With her sister Kathi Byam, she performs in the duo "Flute Meets Poem." Joan served for five years on the Connecticut Dance Alliance Board of Directors.




JOAN KUNSCH - Associate Artistic Director & National Audition Tour Director, The Nutmeg Ballet, Torrington, CT
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