Formerly ballet mistress of the Dallas Ballet, Rowan has taught for all major dance organizations in the United States. Jo conducted master classes at the St. Louis and Detroit Tap Festivals, toured America as ballerina with Dance Olympus, taught for Dance America and at the Boston Ballet, and adjudicated for North American Ballet Festival Competition in Boston.
Jo Rowan - Production Director and Writer, and Director of OCU's The American Spirit Dance Company - is a nationally known master ballet teacher and performer, and is Chairman of the Oklahoma City University Dance Department and founder of the American Spirit Dance Company. Rowan was trained at the School of American Ballet and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, the Dallas Opera, the Philadelphia Opera, the Tulsa Opera, and the Cincinnati Opera. She has also performed as a guest artist with the Baltimore, Kansas City, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. Rowan has appeared in over 60 Equity musicals, numerous television commercials, and was a regular on the PBS TV show, Consumer Survival Kit. At Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, she performed in Grand Hotel as the ballerina Grushinskaya. She has also produced her own children's show which toured throughout the Northeast.
Rowan has created dance instruction records, tapes, and video on the Hoctor, Stepping Tones, and Statler labels. Formerly ballet mistress of the Dallas Ballet, Rowan has taught for all major dance organizations in the United States and holds degrees in fashion design and dance from the University of Cincinnati. In 1981, Jo began the American Spirit Dance Company for the purposes of celebrating America's unique contributions to dance through jazz, tap, and musical theatre and to provide students with professional performance opportunities. Over the years, the OCU dance program with its outstanding faculty, has achieved international stature as a leader in preparing dancers and managers for professional careers in the entertainment industry.