May-Lisa Chandler (Co-Founder | Executive Artistic Director)
Born in El Paso Texas, raised in Sharon, Massachusetts, at two years old, May-Lisa Chandler started to learn Gymnastic at Cathy Corrigan School of Gymnastics, then becoming a participant in the junior Olympics. Later in her teenage years May-Lisa wanted to advance her Athletic skills by becoming a dancer, bringing her to the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts to further her training in the art of theater dance. She then joined the company, “A” Major Dance Company where she performed styles from lyrical-jazz to modern.
Later, Chandler was casted in a movie with Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin in “House Sitter” where she played the role of a dancer. This then brought her to working with choreographers such as Gregory Hines, Alvin Ailey and others. At the age of 22 she began dancing with IDT Dance Company and shortly thereafter May-Lisa began training at the Ailey School with Mr. Ailey as one of her mentors. At the age of 27 May-Lisa became an original member of Phunk Phenomenon Dance Company.
Throughout the years of performing May-Lisa Chandler was an instructor for the Boston Public Schools and community centers. Working alongside organizations such as BalletRox, Roxbury Center, Sharon Dance Center, Jp School of Dance, and others which has given May-Lisa a wonderful opportunity to work with the inner city youth of Boston. Previously selected as Artistic Director of One Luv Dance Company then moving forward as Co-Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Jo-Mé Dance Arts Inc. May-Lisa plans to help grow our youth’s education in the arts and self-awareness by providing opportunities for inner city dancers to embrace their artistic voice.
Joe Gonzalez (Co-Founder | Executive Artistic Director | Choreographer)
Born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. Joe Gonzalez Started his dance at the age of 13 at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts then became an honorable academics dance major at the Boston Arts Academy. Joe’s diverse discovery in many styles from Funk to Contemporary has established him as a thinker through the arts and academics thus becoming a choreographer. Joe has participated in distinguished programs such as the Boston Conservatory summer intensive, American Dance Festival, SpringBroad Montreal and Bates Dance Festival. In addition, he has performed master works from Alvin Ailey, Anna Sokolow, Ronald K. Brown, Paul Taylor, Sean Curran, Nathan Trice, Pedro Ruiz Jr., Jose Limon, RubberBand Dance Group, Alwin Nikolas, Cas Public and more.
Gonzalez has Co-Choreographed at the Boston Conservatory with Anna Myer and Rode Island College with Adrianne Hawkins. Joe Gonzalez has received his BFA from The Boston Conservatory and has attended many of the Conservatory students and faculty’s performances. He has traveled USA, Canada, Scotland, UK, Germany, South America and India to perform. He has choreographed more than 15 original works that have been performed on national stages. Besides being a current Performer with Philadanco (The Philadelphia Dance Company), Gonzalez Continues his work with Jo-Mé Dance as a choreographer and Artistic Director, and guest performances with Anna Myer and Dancers and Prometheus Dance.
Diaman-Victoria Wood (Associate Artistic Director | Choreographer)
Diaman Wood started her dance journey at the young age of five at Jeanette Neil where she took ballet, jazz, tap and African dance. She started going to the Reggie Lewis Center where she took both African dance and traditional Chinese dance. In 2004 she joined the hip-hop group Golden Kidz she was also accepted to Boston Arts Academy where she studied ballet, tap as well as a plethora of different modern techniques such as Horton, Limon, and Dunham. She also had the honor of working with choreographers Bill T. Jones, Nathan Trice, Ronald K. Brown, Robert Battle, Gloria Van Scott and many more. During the summer of 2007 she attended the Jose Matéo summer intensive program focusing on ballet, pointe, African and flamenco dancing. After graduating she went on to dance at Dean College, there she was able to work with New York hip-hop instructor Kelly Peters. An original member of Jo-Mé Dance Theatre (1st company), Diaman continues as a performer, choreographer, and Associate Assistant Artistic Director for the company.