Jo Clancy is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of Western NSW but was raised and still lives on Gundungurra and Darug country in the Blue Mountains with her family.
Jo commenced her full-time dance training at NAISDA Dance College in 1990 and then went on to the University of Western Sydney where she became the first Aboriginal person to gain a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in NSW. After graduating from UWS, Jo worked as an independent Dance Artist performing and teaching throughout Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
In 1998 Jo was appointed Artistic Director of Katoomba Dance Theatre where she worked for 7 years, advocating strongly for youth dance.
Jo teaches at NAISDA Dance College and co-ordinates NAISDA’s Arts NSW Garabara Ngurra High School Dance Camp.
Jo is also the founder and Director of the Wagana Aboriginal Dancers and teaches in schools and communities across NSW. In July this year Jo will travel to Denmark with Wagana to teach and perform at Dance and the Child International.