Born and educated in New York City, Joel dedicated her life to dance. She began as a teacher, led her own dance group, and in 1952 became editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine. Under her leadership, the magazine broadened its scope to cover international dance style and festivals. In 1973, she became head of the dance program at The School of Performing Arts, remaining active in dance circles even after her retirement in 1984. She had two children with her second husband, Edwin Miller.
Sources: Jewish Women's Archive