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.

Since 2013 Joel has resided in San Francisco, California - studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet/ Dominican University of California. In that 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 Winter MODULE, American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Program (NYC), San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Gaga Intensive, and is an Alum of the School at Jacobs Pillow Contemporary Program. Joel is also the recipient of a Professional Advancement Award from Jacobs Pillow. Since living in the United States of America, Joel has performed new and existing works by Kyle Abraham, Brian Brooks, Emily Molnar, Amy Seiwert, Gregory Dawson, and Keelan Whitmore, among others.