Joana attended Ginasiano Dance School for 15 years, having an intense dance training and the opportunity to participate in intensive courses with Malandain Ballet Biarritz (2014, France) and Carte Blanche (2017, Norway). In 2017, she graduated, acquiring hers Diploma in Dance. In the same year she starts the Dancer/Maker Bachelor at ArtEZ University of Arts, in The Netherlands. 

As a performer, she worked from 2018-2021 with Kale Companhia de Dança, in dance creations by Christine Hassid (FR), Helder Seabra (PT), Gilles Baron (FR), La Tierce (FR), Osa+Mujica (ES), Matxalen Bilbao (ES), Eldad Ben-Sasson (IS), Gael Domenger (FR). In 2019, she started working with Companhia Instável, where she went on stage with pieces from the choreographers Roberto Olivan (ES), Helder Seabra (PT) and São Castro & António Cabrita (PT) – she is still working with this company. All these creations from Instável are still touring nationally and/or internationally in the present moment. In 2023, she also collaborated with AORCA company, in a recreation from the coreographer Maria Clara Villa-Lobos (BE/BR).

As a freelancer, she worked with Rita Soeiro and Associação Limina – site-specific creation.
She started teaching in 2020, being invited to give classes/workshops in Portugal, Bulgaria, Israel and Spain.

As a choreographer, she created “If only this was about food” (2021) that premiered at the Teatro Municipal do Porto and was also presented in The Netherlands and Luxembourg. In nov 2021, she also premiered her latest solo “Sinto muito”, that presented in several cities in Portugal and had its international premiere in the Festival Deltebre Dansa 23, where it presented for +700 people. They developed a book-format arquive to document the creation process that travels on tour with the show.
In 2022 she collaborates with Leo Calvino in the creation of “Apneia”, her most recent work that is part of the cycle Segunda Casa, of the Instável-Centro Coreográfica.

She co-creates with Beatriz Sarmento the multidisciplinary Platform Súbito, that is promoting activities between multidisciplinary emergent artists since 2021. The Órbita Residency Program (part of the Platform Súbito) has already 5 editions and supported +40 artists.

____________<extra>_____________ Besides her artistic interests, she has a Bachelor Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Porto. She was Associative Director at the junior company nowScience, as member of the Board, and at the National Association of Pharmacy Students (APEF), where she was a collaborator in the commercial and multimedia department. She was also the Commercial Director of the magazine REFlexus in the year of 2020.

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