Born in the Philippines, Joel migrated to Australia in 1993. He started his dance training at the Queensland University of Technology, Academy of Arts, graduating in 1998. While at university he toured Hong Kong and the Philippines for the World Dance Alliance. Joel has had the opportunity to work with some of Australia's most renowned choreographers, such as Natalie Weir, Harold Collins, Garry Stewart, Graeme Watson and John Utans.
Joel's professional career started at the end of 1998 with Expressions Dance School Touring Company and two major seasons with World Dance Company's The Journey under the artistic direction of Dianna Laska-Moore. Between 1999 and 2002 he performed with Tasdance in Passion fruit, Obsession, Storylines, Hyper_Mobile and Treasured Island which was part of Ten Days on the Island. Joel choreographed Ina as part of the Story lines project and was involved in jointly choreographing for Project 000 and Generations.
Joel has performed with Sydney Dance Company in Freefall and Tivoli and with Chunky Move in Wanted: Ballet for Contemporary Democracy, and Clear Pale Skin. He has since toured both locally and internationally in Wanted (Germany), Crumple and Corrupted (Budapest and France). In 2003 Joel joined the original Australian cast of the hit Broadway musical The Lion King before heading overseas to work. While in the UK, he has performed with Stan Won't Dance Physical Dance Theatre Company which toured nationally, on West End as Trooper, one of the horses in Peter Shaffer's Equus, directed by Thea Sharrock, and choreographed by Fin Walker, and he subsequently toured Europe with Walker Dance Park Music with 5 2 10.
Joel re-joined Tasdance after 6 years absence, in Sthan Kabar Louet's Cradle of Spirits as part of 2009 Ten Days on the Island, followed by the Identity season. His latest performances with Tasdance was in Heart Matters.