About the Studio

Welcome to Joy of Movement Dance Center!

Our fondness and passion for dance is contagious and we would love to have you join our studio family to experience it! We offer classes in a variety of dance genres for students ages 2 and up. Classes are offered for the student who wishes to dance for the pure joy of movement as well as a more advanced program for the dance-minded student who has the goal of becoming a professional artist.

Our dance educators have college degrees in Dance and Education, are technically trained, have a plethora of dance teaching and dance performance experience and are dedicated to providing our students with a superior dance education.

Joy of Movement Dance Center adheres to the following philosophy of dance education:

  • Understand that every student is unique and deserves individual attention
  • Foster confidence and a work ethic in our students with the belief that as long as students possess dreams combined with the determination to achieve them, that the sky is the limit!
  • Provide a well-rounded dance education, which helps students learn about creating, thinking critically, and communicating while aiding their self-confidence, poise, and self awareness
  • Create a fun atmosphere in which to learn the technique of dance including making friends, using props, and playing games!
The skills your children will learn at Joy of Movement Dance Center will help them develop into well-rounded individuals who are prepared to perform and excel not only in dance but in life.

We would love for you to be part of the Joy of Movement family! Our studio has a very relaxed atmosphere, as we know families are so busy today with many different activities. We also feel it is important to offer a quality dance education, from classes to performance experiences, at an affordable price. In addition, we have small class sizes, which means that your child will receive much more teacher and participation time. However, most importantly we want our students to have fun while they are learning to dance!

Please browse our website to learn more about the Joy of Movement Dance Center. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our studio and classes. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our love and passion for dance with you and your children. Thank you in advance for your consideration and we hope to see you soon so you can experience the Joy of Movement!



Shannon Issa, B.A. Dance

Shannon Issa is the owner, director and instructor at Joy of Movement Dance Center. She also heads the award winning Competition at JOM. She graduated from De Sales University with a BFA in Dance. And resides in Emmaus, with her husband and 3 wonderful children.

She has been Director/Choreographer of local dance competition teams for the past 20 years. The teams have won several awards for their performance, technique and stellar backstage behavior and team spirit. Miss Shannon has been recognized numerous times for her choreography and costume design.

Miss Shannon has been teaching Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Creative Movement for the past 25 years. Her love and passion for dance is seen in every class she teaches. She is known for keeping her classroom fun, upbeat and energized while still teaching technique and movement. Her students always appreciate her "fun-style!"

Nicki Serrano

Nicki Serrano was a part of the NBA Philadelphia Sixers Dancers for four seasons. Through the 76ers, she has traveled to London and China to perform with the team, and has participated in community outreach programs for the city of Philadelphia. She has also had the privilege to dance for many performing artists such as Meek Mill, Fetty Wap, Desiigner, Kenny Chesney, Jordin Sparks, Frankie Z, Montell Jordan, Tag Team, Naughty by Nature, Cupid, Bel Biv Devoe, and SugarHill Gang. Nicki earned her BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in May 2019. There she has studied ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop under mentors such as Michael Sheridan, Kim Bear-Bailey, Wayne St. David, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Kathryn Swords Thurman, Gary W. Jeter II , and Kyle and Dinita Clark. Nicki also works for the Star Dance Alliance, the worldwide leader in talent competitions and workshops, where she assists some of today's biggest choreographers along with mentoring young dancers.

Breanna Yates

Miss Breanna graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a dual degree in dance and elementary education. She performed with Penn State's University Dance Company and their chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She currently teaches second grade and dance at JOM. She is passionate about dance education and helping her students grow each year!