Biography - Biographie

Culture Shock DC & LA, Step Up

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metro area, JOSEPH NONTANOVAN is a universal artist, currently specializing as a dancer, instructor, choreographer and artistic director. He has performed across the United States and overseas, opened for OMARION and MARQUES HOUSTON, and was casted as a featured dancer in the TOUCHSTONE PICTURES film "STEP UP". He presented work at the historic Lincoln Theater and the KENNEDY CENTER in Washington, D.C., and has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as MEISHA BOSMA, LYLE BENIGA, TONY CZAR, and LUAM.

Before relocating to Los Angeles, Joseph performed in CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S one-time special event “Mosaic”, where he worked with former “LOVE” choreographer and dancer, Mukhtar Omar Sharif Mukhtar. In August 2010 he performed at CARNIVAL CHOREOGRAPHER'S BALL for AUDREY BENSON and RICKY COLE's Usher tribute.

He is the former artistic director of CULTURE SHOCK, LOS ANGELES (CSLA) and CULTURE SHOCK, WASHINGTON, DC (CSDC), a professional dance company and community outreach organization founded in 1993 by Nike-sponsored athlete, ANGIE BUNCH. As CSLA’s artistic director, Joseph directed over 200 dancers in two unique, full-length productions at the FORD THEATRE in Hollywood. While in Washington, DC, he helped to produce the largest hip-hop community event in the nation’s capital, the “EAST COAST DANCE COMPETITION”, for five consecutive years. Under his direction, CSDC also won the DC METRO DANCE AWARD for Best Emerging Performer or Group.

Joseph ran the 2006 HONOLULU MARATHON and is an avid traveler, bringing a multitude of colorful experiences and cultural influences to his art. He has taught Master Classes in Switzerland and Croatia, and directed dancers at international festivals and showcases in Canada, Switzerland, and China. In 2010, Joseph spent three months teaching workshops across India for the renowned SHIAMAK DAVAR’S INSTITUTE OF PERFORMING ARTS. Joseph is well-versed in many forms of Hip Hop street dance (training at JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE with RENNIE HARRIS and MR. WIGGLES), street jazz and modern. He finds his soul in many varieties of music, interpreting each accordingly through a wide range of movement vocabulary. His choreography is engaging and diverse - from intense and aggressive to smooth and stylized. He strongly believes in global communication on a personal level and strives to share his unique physical language while helping dancers find and articulate their own voice.