VIDEO HERE: Remembering a local dance teacher

Moyer Institute of Dance celebrates 60 years in Sunbury and remembers their founder Joan Moyer:

Interviews were done prior to the death of Joan Moyer as part of a story about the dance studio’s 60th anniversary

SUNBURY – The Moyer’s Institute of Dance will be observing their 60th anniversary without the matriarch of the dance studio, and our region has lost a major artistic force. Joan Moyer Clark died Monday morning. She was in SUN Home Health Services Hospice unit at Sunbury Community Hospital and succumbed to illness.

Peter DiBonaventura of Northumberland now teaches at New Jersey Ballet, but got his start with Joan Moyer.  “As a teacher she was very encouraging and supportive, giving you a lot of confidence,” says DiBonaventura. “She had a big booming voice and she would sing-song corrections and exercises.  She was really upbeat and wanted to inspire you.  She certainly did that.”

Jack Hertzog is originally from Lewisburg and took classes with Joan from 1958-1961.  Hertzog is now a ballet instructor with Broadway Dance in New York City.  “She always ran a very tight professional school.  She was quite talented and always very lively and vivacious.  I learned a lot from her.”

Joan’s daughter, Kitty Moyer, who is the artistic director at the studio, told us her mother was the founder of a dance studio in a small town—which has made its mark on Broadway and on the dance stages of the world. She said her mother helped start the dance departments at several area colleges and inspired countless young men and women to pursue dance.

WKOK is working on a tribute video we’ll post at WKOK.com. Joan Moyer Clark, a successful businesswoman started what was the touchstone dance education center for thousands of young men and women in The Valley, died Monday morning. She was 79.

 

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