Teaching dance classes in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
About Joseph Wallin
Mr. Wallin has had extensive training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Highland Dance, Step Dance, Modern Dance, Ballroom and Latin American, Scottish Country Dance, International Folk and Ethnic Dance plus many short training programs in most other dance forms. He has been teaching dance classes at his school in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for 62 years. His early training was all in Halifax/Dartmouth but at seventeen he started to travel to study in other locations. His first study trip was to Toronto, to study at The National Ballet Summer School. He later started spending several weeks a year in Toronto and London ON. studying with many of Canada's top teachers. He spent six weeks every summer for six years, in London, England attending eight hours or more a day of dance classes, most of that time in private classes. He has also studied extensively in Scotland, New York and Los Angeles as well as in many other North American Cities.
When he was studying at the RSCDS Summer School at St. Andrew's University in Scotland, he was the first dancer from outside of the UK to be invited to dance in either of the school's performance groups. He was accepted into both the Scottish Country and Highland Groups. His most memorable training experience was when James L. MacKenzie, three time World's Highland Dance Champion, asked if he could teach him. Mr. MacKenzie came to Halifax and trained Mr. Wallin, five hours a day for a week.
Mr. Wallin started performing at six years of age and as a child appeared in many amateur and professional shows. He danced for three years with The Halifax Theatre Ballet Company and appeared with them at ballet festivals in Ottawa and Toronto and in several Musicals in Halifax. He was a Maritime Champion Highland Dancer for the six years before he stopped competing at nineteen. Mr. Wallin even played a character on a radio show where he had to do all his dialogue by tap dancing, never once saying a word.
He started his over twenty year television dance career by appearing on the inaugural program of CBC Halifax, when television first came to the Maritimes. He appeared on many shows and short series and when Don Messer's Jubilee started, he was one of the early guests. He made guest appearances on the show several times a year until 1963 when he was invited to join the Buchta Dancers as a regular, the first dancer to work with the group who had not been trained by Gunter Buchta. He became assistant choreographer and stayed on the show until it went off the air.
He then immediately became choreographer and dancer for the CBC-TV Show, Ceilidh and stayed with the show for it's four year run. He then spent four more years as Dance Director and Choreographer for the CBC French Network Show , La Bastringue. He has danced in and/or choreographed countless other Television and Stage Shows. He choreographed The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo for it's first 32 years starting in 1979, Tattoo 200 for three years in Saint John, NB, the Virginia Tattoo for four years in Norfolk, Virginia and The Canadian Forces Tattoo which toured Canada in 1985.
He travelled with the Ceilidh Dancers to the Montreal Olymics. As Choreographer and Dance Director of Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia he travelled on performance and teaching trips throughout the Maritimes, Winterlude in Ottawa, a tour of the United Kingdom, four tours to Texas, two trips to Perform in the Virginia Tattoo, an International Folklore Festival in Vera Cruz and Mexico City, twice to the Breda Tattoo in the Netherlands and to Dubai. He was producer, director and choreographer for the World of Dance for two years, The Royal Visit to Sackville, NB in 1984 and Nova Scotia Festival of Arts - Dance Programs for three years.
He has received many awards including three Dance Nova Scotia Awards and The San Antonio College (Texas) Award. He was listed in the 2001-2002 edition of Who's Who and in 2001 and was the first North American Stage Dance Teacher, to ever be nominated for Britain's most prestigious award for dance, theatre and music artists, The Carl-Allan Award.
Mr. Wallin has taught at workshops and dance camps throughout North America. They include: Maine Folk Dance Camp-23 years, Folklore Village Christmas Festival-6 years, Nova Scotia Dance Camp-10 years, Maine Woods Folkdance Camp-8 years, Kentucky Dance Institute-4 years, University of the Pacific Folkdance Camp-2 years, Ralph Page Fall Camp-6 years, Mexico's International Folklore Festival, Oaxtepec, Mexico, numerous Scottish Country Dance Camps, Dance workshops, and at dance conventions in Canada, the US and the UK. For three years, he flew to New York two weekends a month to teach.
Mr. Wallin's teaching qualifications include: Fellow, Life Member and Examiner Emeritus: BATD; Fellow and Honorary Member: CDTA: Fellow and Life Member: ISTD; Member and Life Member: SDTA; Fully Qualified Teacher: RSCDS and SOBHD International Judges Panel (retired). He was the Chairman of The Maritime Provinces Region, BATD - 1989 - 2016; Chairman of The BATD Festival of Dance for 28 years and sat on the Executive Council of the BATD for twelve years, travelling to the United Kingdom six times a year to attend meetings. He was on the founding committee of The Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia, served on the Board of Dance Nova Scotia for a total of seventeen years and as Program Chairman was in charge of securing and arranging all the classes and performances for all of the fifty-one teachers and lecturers and fifty-three performers and dance groups for the Dance in Canada Conference in 1976. He has also served on the executive of several other dance organizations in Nova Scotia.