Joanna Kotze is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and teacher who has been part of the New York dance community since 1998. She is a 2016-2018 New York Live Arts Live Feed residency program artist. New York Live Arts has commissioned her next evening-length work, What will we be like when we get there, which will premiere March 28-31, 2018. She has upcoming tours of her Bessie award winning piece, It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen, to Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA (November, 2017) and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH (February, 2018). She has upcoming residencies at New York Live Arts (2017-2018), the 92nd Street Y (2017-2018), The Bogliasco Foundation (April 2018), and The Yard (June 2018).

Joanna 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 (2016), Baryshnikov Arts Center (2015), American Dance Institute (ADI) (2015), Bard College’s Fisher Center (2014), Danspace Project (2013), New York Live Arts Studio Series (2017, 2012), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out (2011), Dance New Amsterdam (2011), 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 had commissions to create new works on Gibney Dance Company (NYC, 2017), Toronto Dance Theatre (2016), Ririe-Woodbury (Salt Lake City, 2016), Zenon Dance (Minneapolis, 2015), and the James Sewell Ballet (Minneapolis, 2014). She has also created original works on students at Barnard College, Eugene Lang College (The New School), Purchase College, Long Island University, Ohio University, Southern Utah University and Miami University (OH).

Joanna has received support from the Jerome Foundation (2016, 2014), Mertz-Gilmore Foundation (2015), Harkness Foundation for Dance (2015), New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) BUILD (2014), Brooklyn Arts Council (2014), Yellowhouse (2013), and two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants (2013, 2010). She is a recipient of two 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 Milvus Artistic Research Center (Sweden, 2017), Jacob’s Pillow (2017, 2015), Bennington College (2017), Sedona Arts Center (2016), Marble House (2016), The Camargo Foundation (2015), Baryshnikov Arts Center (2013), the Bogliasco Foundation (2013) and Djerassi (2013). 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 (2011). 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.

Joanna danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010, performing throughout New York City (including twice at BAM's Next Wave Festival) the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. She is currently dancing for Kimberly Bartosik/daela, and Kota Yamazaki and has worked with Stacy Spence, Netta Yerushalmy, Sam Kim, Sarah Skaggs, Christopher Williams, the Metropolitan Opera ballet, Daniel Charon, Nina Winthrop and others.

Joanna is on teaching faculty at Movement Research and Gibney Dance. She has taught at Barnard College, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Eugene Lang College - The New School for Liberal Arts, Long Island University, Southern Utah University, Ohio University, Miami University Ohio, Salt Dance Fest 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 (’98).