Joanna Kotze received the 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Her choreography has been presented at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Baryshnikov Arts Center, American Dance Institute (ADI), Danspace Project, Bard College’s Fisher Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, New York Live Arts Studio Series, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Roulette, Dixon Place, 92nd Street Y, WAXworks, Lu Magnus gallery, Soho20 gallery, Show Room Gowanus gallery, Industry City and the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (WI). Joanna has created new works on Toronto Dance Theatre, Zenon Dance (Minneapolis), Ririe-Woodbury (Salt Lake City), and the James Sewell Ballet (Minneapolis) and Gibney Dance (NYC). Joanna has received support from the Jerome Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) BUILD, Brooklyn Arts Council, Yellowhouse, and two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants. She is a recipient of two Process Space residencies through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and was a 2013-2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She has had residencies at Jacob’s Pillow, Bennington College, Sedona Arts Center, Marble House, The Camargo Foundation, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Djerassi, and the Bogliasco Foundation. Joanna has been a Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space resident, a boo-koo space grant recipient at Gibney Dance Center and has worked in residence at Mount Tremper Arts. She danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010 and currently dances for Kimberly Bartosik, Kota Yamazaki, and Stacy Spence. She has also worked with Netta Yerushalmy, Sam Kim, Sarah Skaggs, Christopher Williams, the Metropolitan Opera ballet, Daniel Charon, Nina Winthrop and others. Joanna is on faculty at Movement Research and Gibney Dance. She has taught at and/or created original works for students at Barnard College, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, The New School, Long Island University, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Purchase College, Southern Utah University, Miami University, Ohio University and the American Dance Festival. She is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University.