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 recently created new works on Toronto Dance Theatre, Zenon Dance, Ririe-Woodbury and the James Sewell Ballet and has a new commission this spring with Gibney Dance Company in NYC.

Her next evening-length work is being commissioned by New York Live Arts, premiering March 28-31, 2018 with a work-in-progress showing May 12-13, 2017.

Joanna has received support from the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) BUILD, Brooklyn Arts Council, Yellowhouse, and two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants. She is a recipient oftwo Process Space residencies through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) (2016, 2014) and was a 2013-2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She has had residencies at The Camargo Foundation, Marble House, Jacob’s Pillow, Sedona Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bennington College, Djerassi and the Bogliasco Foundation. Joanna was a 2012 Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab, a 2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space resident and has worked in residence at Mount Tremper Arts. She was the Fall 2012 boo-koo space grant recipient at Gibney Dance Center and has participated in Sarah Maxfield’s One-Shot, a web-based solo performance relay.

She danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010, performing throughout NYC (including twice at BAM's Next Wave Festival) the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. She has also worked extensively with Kimberly Bartosik/daela and Netta Yerushalmy. Since moving to New York, she has also danced for 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 has studied Klein technique with Barbara Mahler since 2003, is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University.