Iris Cloud, a native of Cleveland, Ohio began her dance
training at eight years old at the Karamu House Theatre. She was awarded a Ford Foundation scholarship to study at the Ballet Guild of Cleveland from age ten to seventeen with Alex Martin. At the age of seventeen Ms. Cloud studied dance in London, England for a summer with John O' Brien at The
Dance Center, which was frequented by members of The
Royal Ballet. She was invited to stay, but decided to return to the states and attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, studying with Edward Caton, Leonide Massine, Michel Fokine, Jayne Hillyer, Judith Leiffer and Kenneth Johnson; graduating with a B.A. in Dance and English.
Iris Cloud has been teaching dance for over forty years
and is a master teacher of classical ballet, a gifted
performer and choreographer. Her acclaimed work has been seen on PBS's Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, and she has been associated with Young Audiences in New York City,
New York City Board of Education, Harlem School of The
Arts, Inner City Dance of Oklahoma, and The Alvin Ailey
American Dance Center.
Ms. Cloud danced professionally with Dance Theatre of Harlem from 1978-1981, and then began
teaching children and young adults under the guidance
of Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook for twelve years
before founding Dance for Joy in 1995.