Born and raised in the Washington, DC metro area, Joseph Nontanovan is a universal artist, currently specializing as a dancer, instructor, choreographer, and artistic director. He has performed across the United States and overseas, opened for Omarion and Marques Houston, and was casted as a featured dancer in the Touchstone Pictures film Step Up. He presented work at the historic Lincoln Theater and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Meisha Bosma, Lyle Beniga, Tony Czar, and Luam. Before relocating to Los Angeles, Joseph performed in Cirque Du Soleil’s special event, Mosaic.
Joseph is the former artistic director of Culture Shock, Los Angeles (CSLA) and Culture Shock, Washington, DC (CSDC). While in Washington, DC, he played a vital role in producing the largest hip hop community event in the nation’s capital, the “East Coast Dance Competition”, for five consecutive years. Under his direction, CSDC also won the DC Metro Dance Award for Best Emerging Performer or Group. He has taught Master Classes in Switzerland and Croatia, and directed dancers at international festivals and showcases in Canada, Switzerland, and China. In 2010, Joseph spent three months teaching workshops across India for the renowned Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Performing Arts. Joseph is well versed in many forms of hip hop street dance (training at Jacob’s Pillow Dance with Rennie Harris and Mr. Wiggles), street jazz, and modern. He strongly believes in global communication on a personal level and strives to share his unique physical language while helping dancers find and articulate their own voice.