Joan Peters was born in New York City and started dancing at the age of six with Syvilla Fort at the Katherine Dunham School of Theatre Dance. Her performing career is extensive, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and numerous films. In addition to teaching Dunham technique she has modeled extensively. Ms Peters also directed the Syvilla Fort School of Theatre Dance and is the Director of the Syvilla Fort Dance Company. She has taught at the Harkness House of Ballet, Holy Family Academy, the Arts Connection, Program for the Retarded, Class for Deaf pre-School and Grade school, and Alvin Ailey’s former program for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Ms. Peters has been the Chairperson for the Dunham Technique at The Ailey School since 1978.