About Ms. Jo
- Jo Tabb Bonds has taught dance since 1971 and has had her own studio in Saginaw, TX since 1976. In 1989 she was selected for inclusion in the “Who’s Who in Entertainment”, and has remained in subsequent editions since. She was also selected for the 1992 – 1993 edition of “Who’s Who Among Young American Professionals.”
- She is currently a member of the Dance Council, and the National Dance Association. A branch of AAHPERD, and TAHPERD.
- Recently. she choreographed the musicals, “Godspell”, “Damn Yankees'”, and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, for Boswell High School.
- She performed for several years with Ballet Concerto of Fort Worth. and also with Fort Worth City Ballet in productions of “Nutcracker” and “Giselle”.
- She began her professional career as a member of Birmingham Ballet Company, Birmingham, Alabama, dancing roles in “Les Sylphides”, “Jeux de Cartes”, and “Hansel and Gretel”. She also taught at their school, and served as assistant costume mistress for the company.
- In 1975, Ms Jo received her BFA degree in ballet from Texas Christian University. where she performed roles in ballets, operas, and other student performances. While al TCU she was chosen to be a member of Chi Tau Epsilon, a national dance fraternity. At the same time, she taught at the Southwest Recreation Center.
- Ms. Jo began her dance studies in Albany, Georgia with Maude Evelyn Murphy, and was a Murphy dancer for 12 years. She received an AA degree in music with a double major in piano and voice from Albany Junior College: where she choreographed and performed in the college production of “Oklahoma” in 1971 and repeated her roles as choreographer and performer in “Once Upon a Mattress” the following year. She was first runner-up in the 1972 “Miss Dance of Georgia” Pageant, sponsored by Dance Masters of America.
About Jo Bonds Dance Studios Company
- JBDS. Co is a performance company formed in 2006. Our goals are to provide dedicated dance students opportunities to excel and to grow as performers. Competitions are a part of this goal, but not a necessity.
- Auditions are held every year. but the purpose of the audition process is to find students with a love of dance, a desire to be the best they can be, and the willingness to work to achieve these goals. To learn HOW to audition is vital to a serious dancer.
- In our first year, the company performed “Dancing Day”, a choral work arranged by John Ruller. This was followed by 2 other presentations that year. 2007 brought new challenges with our first competition, where the dancers won the award for the “Best Port de Bras”. This was followed by a performance at the National AAHPERD Convention that spring. along with a program al Cook’s Children’s Hospital.
- The fee for being a company member is $125 for the year. Special fundraisers are held during the year to offset costs of costumes and competition fees.