Hometown: Houston, TX

Joel Rivera has 18 years of experience in Bboy, House, and contemporary movement. Highlighted performances include the 8th Annual Folk Art Festival in China, ERJCC's Dance Months, Super Bowl XXXVIII/LI, Warp Tour 2006/2008, MTV’s Americas Best Dance Crew, Elijah A Gibson's "The Black Card", and represent SHSU at Jacobs Pillow with Elijah Gibson’s “We Are Greenwood” and Jared Doster's "Umbilic" in 2016 and 2018.

Also known as "Judo",  Joel has won numerous dance battles such as 2006 Top Finalist for the I.B.E. US qualifier, All the Way Live 2009, B-boy City 2011, Texas Freestyle Session 2016 and more to come. 

Teaching/advocating is Joel's passion. Gaining experience at SHSU, the ERJCC, Youth Advocates, 5-year teaching track at Westside H.S. and Westbriar M.S., B.C.D.E., Bailando, and countless studios. Currently pursuing his BFA at Sam Houston State University and a company member for Social Movement Contemporary Dance, Joel is continuing his artistic pursuit and following his passion as dancer, a teachers and as a student.