Tia Feather is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a passion for dance. Tia is an Iowa native and graduate of Winona State University, earning a BS in Public Health with emphasis in Community Health Promotion, along with minors in both Dance and Wellness Coaching. Her interest in dancer health stemmed from life in the studio. At an early age, Tia began assisting with Very Special Arts Iowa, Janice Baker’s program to bring the joy of dance to people of all physical and mental abilities and continued with dance-based community outreach, including dancing as Sadako in Beth Harano-Adams’ ‘Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes’. While honing her passion for dancer health, Tia worked as a physical therapy technician, earned her certification for nursing assistants, and interned with the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coaching staff. She created and implemented a mobile Sexually Transmitted Infection testing program that has since continued annually. Tia has been a research presenter on the topic of dancer health at summits including the American College Dance Festival and the Minnesota Dance Education Summit. Tia created the Health and Wellness Coordinator role and has been thrilled to contribute to the well-being of dancers at Joffrey Ballet School since 2012.