7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

DSL Advanced Contemporary with João Maio

The Dance Studio Leeds (Mill 6, First Floor, Mabgate Mills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7SW, GB)
(Mill 6, First Floor, Mabgate Mills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7SW, GB)
Jess Cooper

João Maio is a contemporary dance artist and creative producer based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. In
2009, he enrolled on the 3-year professional contemporary performer course in Balleteatro
Professional School, Porto. Following this, João moved to England to further develop his artistic
practice at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD), where he graduated with a First
Class Honours Degree in 2015.
Whilst training at NSCD, João was invited to work with Carlos Pons Guerra’s DeNada Dance
Theatre, playing the soloist role of the Virgin Mary in “O Maria”. Following this, he started working
with Rosie Kay Dance Company in several projects, including two U.K. tours of “MK Ultra” (4* Luke
Jennings, “The Observer”) in both 2017 and 2018 tours.
After completing the MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise at NSCD (2018), João began to work as a
Creative Producer for Open Source Arts and independently. João continues to develop his interest in
understanding and enhancing the local artistic ecology, also being a board member at Leeds Dance

Joao’s class is designed to provide a pleasurable journey to the movers, whilst deepening their
connection with their individual dancing bodies and space. We will start with finding mobility and
freedom of movement through evolving floor-work sequences, progressing to standing work where
we will be re-visiting and solidifying those same qualities, alongside grounding and travelling through
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