We Dance for Joy

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a quality dance education in a safe friendly environment. Where we teach more than dance technique, we enrich each dancer by teaching respect, dedication, discipline, self-confidence and a love for the art of dance. 

We invite dancers of all ages and skill levels to join our dance family as we build confidence and dance for Joy.

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Nicki Day

I started dancing at The Joy of Dancing when I was 4 years old.  I grew up at the studio and started working the front desk when I was just 13.    When I was in high school I started working as a teaching assistant.  At 17 I taught my first class, Mini Motion, for 3-year-old’s.  By the time I was 20, I was teaching 20 classes a week and attending college.  During my senior year at SJSU, Miss Joy asked me to become her assistant director and train to take over the studio, so she could retire.  After I graduated with a degree in Child Development, I was honored to take the position.  In June 2007, Miss Joy retired (after 30 years of directing/owning the studio) and I stepped into my dream job, Director of The Joy of Dancing.

2007 was a big year for me.  I signed the papers to take over the studio in July and one month later I married my prince charming, Jeremy Day.  We have two boys, Ryder who is 8 and Stryker who is 5. I have now been married and owned the studio for more than 10 years.  I couldn’t be so successful without the love and support from my family.

The studio has been apart of my life for more that 35 years.  I love that I can share my passion for dance and teach my students the joy that it has brought me.  Women that I danced with as children are now bringing their children in to dance at the studio.  The studio is more than just a place to dance for me.  I have made some of my very best friends here. I get great advice from moms and dads that have helped me become a better wife, mom, teacher, and business owner.  The Joy of Dancing is my extended family and I wouldn’t change that for the world!

Thank you, Miss Joy, for trusting in me to carry on your legacy! We just celebrated 40 years of business and I am excited for what the future brings. I love my job, the studio, my family, and my JOD family.  I am joyful that I get to teach my dancers what The Joy of Dancing has taught me.  We dance for Joy!

Meet our instructors

About Us

Emily Beloate



Contemporary, Jazz

and Lyrical

Nicki Day



Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical,

Mini Motion and Tap

Olivia Musto



Ballet, Ballet/Tap Combo

and Pointe

Samantha Sullivan

Acro San Jose, The Joy of Dancing, Ballet Teacher

Teaches Acro, Ballet, Pointe

Joan Uram


Teaches: Tap


Kim Thompson

Ballet, tap dance, jazz dance, San Jose, dance teacher, dance classes, joy of dancing, dance studio

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The Joy of Dancing

1030 Piedmont Road, Suite I, San Jose, CA 95132, us

(408) 258-7722