Joseph Carey joined the Dahl Dance teaching staff in 2015, ten years after taking his first ballroom class with April in 2005. He continued dancing in the intervening time, introducing dance to others along the way. In 2009 while attending Luther College, he founded Luther Ballroom/Swing, a social and competitive group that remains one of the largest and best-run student organizations there. In 2013 he founded a similar organization, UNI Ballroom/Swing, at the University of Northern Iowa while completing his graduate work. Both organizations provide free lessons to hundreds of students each year and train dozens of competitive dancers to compete at midwestern competitions.
He is passionate about introducing new people to dance, dance pedagogy, and west coast swing. When he isn’t dancing, he enjoys composing, cooking, growing things, reading, and travel.