Joseph "Joe" Wallin received early dance training in Halifax and Dartmouth, but later training was received in London, Ontario and London, England. He also studied at the National Ballet of Canada Summer School in Toronto as well as at schools in New York, Los Angeles, and Scotland. While there, he was one of eight people, chosen from over 230 students, to dance with the school Scottish Country Dance Demonstration Team and the only one from outside Great Britain. He was also chosen for the Highland Dance Demonstration Team.
Joe has performed, taught, judged, and adjudicated Scottish dance throughout North America as well as Mexico and the United Kingdom. He also has taught at top folk dance camps in the United States.
Joe is a Life Member, Fellow, Examiner, and Executive Council member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD). He is a Certified Teacher in the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and a qualified member of several other associations for dance professionals. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Dance Nova Scotia.
A former Maritime Highland Dance champion, Joe also danced with a semi-professional ballet company for three years. He has appeared in many stage shows in Nova Scotia and was a dancer and choreographer on Canadian television for over 20 years. He has been the choreographer of the Nova Scotia International Tattoo for 25 years, for the Virginia Tattoo for four years, and the award winning Amethyst Scottish Dancers dance troupe of Nova Scotia.
As a teacher and choreographer, Joe's qualifications are many. They include: Fellow, Canadian Dance Teachers' Association (Stage, Highland, Scottish Country and Associate Latin American); Fellow, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (Scottish County and Associate Latin American); Fellow and Examiner, British Association of Teachers of Dancing (Stage, Highland and Traditional Step-Dancing); Member, British Association of Teachers of Dancing (Scottish National, Jazz); Member, Scottish Dance Teachers' Alliance (Highland); Member, Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing Judges' Panel; Member, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Teachers' Association; and Member, Scotdance Canada Fully Certified Teacher, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
Joe has performed in many stage and television productions. He has over 130 medals and trophies for Highland Dancing. In 1982, he received the first of three "Dance Nova Scotia Award for Outstanding Contribution to Stage Dance," the highest award presented to dance artists in Nova Scotia. In 1983, he received the Dance Nova Scotia Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Growth of Dance in Nova Scotia. In 1987, he was presented with the San Antonio College (Texas) Dance Award. In 1990, he was granted Life Membership, British Association of Teachers of Dancing, and in 1998 he received a Life Membership from the Canadian Dance Teacher's Association. In San Antonio, Texas, he received the San Antonio College Dance Award.
Joe has operated a very successful dance school for 46 years. He taught at Michael and Mary Ann Herman's Main Camp for 23 years and now teaches at the Mainewoods Camp.
Dances Joe has taught include A Jig for Mrs. Dunn, Come Under My Plaidie, Cumberland Reel, Davy Nick Nack, Fight About the Fireside, For Lack of Silver, Highland Reel, Jazz in a Chair, Jenny's Bawbee, Master Stephen's Reel, Miss Alison Rose, Monymusk, Muirland Willie, Over the Rainbow, Rest and Be Thankful, Rothesay Rant, The Dhoon, The Eleventh of June, The Forest Prince, The Mayflower, The Rotary, The Rothesay Rant, The Silver Tassie, The Twinbairn's Reel, and Triumph.