Joel was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand and began dancing at the age of three. Training in jazz, tap, modern and ballet (RAD) - he grew up performing on stages around New Zealand. Throughout this he performed in the finals of the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance as well as at the NZ Young Performer of the Year Awards for Modern Dance.
In 2011, Joel was awarded a scholarship to train at the Urban Dance Center at Sydney through the Phoenix Dance Convention. Returning to Phoenix in 2012, Joel was awarded the top scholarship to train at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.
In 2013 Joel relocated to San Francisco, California - graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet/ Dominican University of California (Summa Cum Laude and Honors). During this time he has attended the Gaga Summer Program at Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Movement Invention Project (under the direction of Alexandra Wells), Sidra Bell's Summer and Winter MODULE’s, American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Program (NYC), San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Gaga Intensive, Gallim Summer Intensive and Repertory Extension (under the direction of Andrea Miller - 2018 Met Artist-in-Residence) and is an Alum of the School at Jacobs Pillow Contemporary Program and Springboard Danse Montreal. Joel is also the recipient of a Professional Advancement Award from Jacobs Pillow. In 2017 Joel joined Visceral Dance Chicago, performing the works of Nick Pupillo, Danielle Agami, Marguerite Donlon, Kevin O’Day, Mark Godden, Hannah Brictson, and Riccardo Battaglia. While living in the United States of America, Joel has also performed new and existing works by Amanda Miller, Kyle Abraham, Brian Brooks, Emily Molnar, Amy Seiwert, Gregory Dawson, and Keelan Whitmore, among others. Since leaving Visceral Dance Chicago, Joel is pursuing international freelance and choreographic opportunities, and is interested in non-normative performance practises and technical applications.