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Joy Foxley is a qualified and experienced teacher, who taught for many years in a variety of primary schools in the Nottingham area. During that time as part of her extra-curricular activities she ran a number of in-service courses for teachers in English folk dance and song, and taught children's dance teams.

She is an accomplished dance MC for British social dances or ceilidhs (she generally works with Freds Folks band or instrumentalists from it), as well as a folk singer and clog dancer.

Joy became interested in Indian dance in the 1970s, and started her Indian dance career under Nilima Devi at the Nilmani Kathak Kendra (now the Centre for Indian Classical Dance) in Leicester. After taking first year Kathak examinations there, she resigned her job as a primary school teacher, and went to India to further her Kathak dance. She studied in Baroda under Janaki Ben Damle, obtaining First Class certificates in both her third year and fourth year examinations.

Since then she has extended her knowledge of Kathak with further studies of Lucknowi tradition under the internationally famous Kumudini Lakhia, the celebrated dancer and choreographer, at her Kadamb centre for dance and music in Ahmedabad.

Since Joy's return to England, she conducts workshops on Kathak dance, combined with performances and exhibition material as appropriate, and takes adult classes in British folk dancing. She works also in co-operation with Bisakha Sarker at Chaturangan.

She has given workshops in Nottingham (at a number of schools, including Bluebell Hill Infant, Douglas Primary, Dunkirk Primary, Fernwood Infant, Firbeck Primary, James Peacock Infant, Musters Road Infant, Shepherd School, West Bridgford Comprehensive and Basford Hall College), Chesterfield, Surrey, Middlesex, and for the ILEA in London.

She is now specialising in storytelling with schools and adult groups as well as dancing.

Joy has animated the Chota Hathi story (her own version of one of Rudyard Kipling's "Just So" stories with music specially composed by Atul Desai) in both English and German versions, and has written the Hafiz the Stone cutter story with music specially composed by Chris Davis.



For further information contact Joy directly (Joy Foxley, 31 Greenfield Street, Dunkirk, Nottingham NG7 2JN, UK, phone ++44-115-9786858) or by E-mail.


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