Joêl is a teacher that respects and nourishes individuality using this to grow self-belief, confidence and an environment that all can take part in. With a collective teaching experience of over 13 years, teaching in schools, the community and youth groups like Bristol Old Vic, Young Vic and charities such as Co-operative foundation and Princes trust on projects like Truth About Youth.
Later creating his own youth company Champloo Youth Crew, the first Youth company from the south west to make it to Udance final in 2010. Having been inspired by projects that engage young people that are not in education, employment or training, his own free three week project for NEET young people Champloo Roots.
He is the annoying person that believes anyone can dance and cannot help but teach where people want to learn, with a big interest in bridging gaps between people and communities, especially where they may be considered a minority or socially outcast, some thing that undoubtedly stems from his roots in Hip Hop culture.
“as a teacher joel is fantastic he is really natural with young people, he's considerate, he's kind, he listens and observes the skills, aspirations and abilities of all the young people he works with but he's not afraid to push and challenge them in an appropriate way and to an appropriate level. Joêl lights up the room when he walks into it and inspires young people he works with on a daily basis"
Nick White; Previously Travelling Light Theatres Participation Director.
“but with Joêl really it wasn't just about the moves and techniques that i learnt through him it was his whole approach to bboying and dance in general so um it really was a major part of me and who I am today"
Champloo Youth Crew, Member.
“joêl your really an inspirer to me, when I first came into the space I seen loads of girls I was like wow, I can't learn in there. And then it suddenly just changed, I can't believe I can reach where i am right now and I liked it, i just wanna say thank you"
Champloo Roots, Participant.