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Joy Spears

Dancer and choreographer Joy Spears works nonstop, appearing in dozens of videos for popular musicians over the past decade.
Dancer and choreographer Joy Spears works nonstop, appearing in dozens of videos for popular musicians over the past decade.

If you were to name any top Billboard music artist in the last 10 years, there would be a good chance that 2011 alumna Joy Spears danced with them in a music video or concert. She’s taken the stage with Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Pink, Christina Aguilera, DJ Havana Brown, Paula Abdul, Pharrell, Kenny Chesney, and the list goes on and on.

“I’ve lived out a lot of jobs that far exceeded my dreams,” Spears said. “But it is definitely a career that you have to love. You sacrifice a lot. There’s rejection, and you don’t start off with the top job you always dreamt of.”

Spears entered the professional world at an early age. From the time she was 15, she toured across the country training younger dancers as an assistant in one of the industry’s top dance conventions, and by the time she graduated high school she’d already debuted on TV in the second season of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Most recently, Spears has been working with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence for the film Passengers, performing on stage for various music award shows, and dancing in the ABC hit Nashville, the city she now calls home.