Ballroom Heat (June 2019 – Current)
Raised in San Francisco, Joanna’s dance background started at nine years old. She’s trained with instructors from Dancing With The Stars, including Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Alec Mazo, and more. Her competition titles include USA Regional Dancesport champion and CA Open Latin Division champion.
She attended San Francisco’s only public arts high school, SOTA, where she majored in Dance. She gained strong technical foundations in ballet, modern/jazz/blues, and other contemporary styles.
For three years, she was the formal dance instructor for UC Santa Cruz’s Ballroom Team, training students and traveling to other universities like Stanford and Berkeley to compete against other teams.
Outside of dance, she works as a product designer in the tech world. In her free time, you can find her walking her dog while simultaneously stuffing her face with a sandwich.