Joedy Cook
Joedy Cook, Founder and CEO
 
Under Cook’s leadership, Ballet Quad Cities has grown from a pre-professional school into a 20 year old full-fledged professional company consisting of 13 professional dancers, a talented artistic director and support staff, 30 performances a year, and a partnership with Orchestra Iowa.  
 
Accomplishments include creating successful outreach programs like “DREAMS achieved through Dance”, “Dance for Life”,  “The Ugly Duckling, a Message of Acceptance Told Through Dance”, and  “Dance me a Story; Exploring Literature Through Ballet” that bring dance to all populations in the Quad Cities and surrounding region.  Favorite projects include 2004’s “The story of a Young Girl’s Life” based on the diary of Anne Frank and presented with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, 2007’s “One River Mississippi” and 2008’s “All things Dance” presented with Quad City Arts.  Recently projects include the 2015 art exhibit “Everybody Dance” at the QC Airport which featured art work inspired by dance and was featured in Art at Airports.
  Ms. Cook was awarded Honorary Citizen of the Year in Rock Island, IL for Education programs in Rock Island Schools. She is the recipient of the 2006 Hospitality Award from the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau and 2007 Eddy Award for Art for her involvement in “One River Mississippi.  In the past five years she has been honored with awards from the Bi-State Literacy Council, Reaching Out Award; Iowa Cultural Alliance for Outstanding Partnership with Orchestra Iowa, Rock Island Organization of the Year, Royal Neighbors Nation of Neighbors Breaking Traffic, Eddy Award for The Ugly Duckling: A Message of Acceptance Told Through Dance, and the Hard Hat Celebration Award for exemplary vision, unwavering commitment and constant leadership.
 
One of her greatest pleasures is overseeing the costume and set design for each ballet.