This photo was graciously provided and uploaded by my cousin Donald, in homage to her on a separate Facebook post. She passed away nearly a year ago and in the words of my cousin, Donald, his mother Joyce Roberts Hutchins, “led an extraordinary life.”
My Aunt Joy was never one to stand idle and at an early age took up tap and dance as she would say “before she learned to walk," in my grandparents dance studio (The Walker's School of Dance). She had a strong passion for dance and later, spent many years working professionally as a dancer on Broadway and in touring productions in London, Paris, and Beirut. She then evolved into a choreographer working on Broadway in New York while choreographing several numbers for Elvis Presley’s show in Las Vegas (pictured here). She later turned to teach having taught professional dancers at the Roberts School of Dance in Las Vegas for 16 years. Afterward, as a Special Instructor in the Theatre Department of Drury University for almost 30 years. During that time she choreographed many dance and stage productions. Here's to you Aunt Joy. Your legacy continues!