Joanne Pirrie

Joanne is a Scottish freelance dancer and capoeirista. After training at the Dance School of Scotland, Bird College, and New English Contemporary Ballet School, she has worked prolifically as a Contemporary Dance Artist for over a decade, having the fortune to perform around the globe in a diverse range of repertoire.

As a valued artist of Barrowland Ballet, Joanne has created roles in 'The Gift' and 'Wolves' as well as touring internationally in the 'Tiger' trilogy and 'Whiteout'. She also features in their dance films 'Strings' and 'Frames' and is involved in their outreach programs.

Joanne also worked extensively with late choreographer Janis Claxton, most notably touring internationally with her critically acclaimed POP-UP DUETS, including performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Lincoln Centre, Singapore International Festival of Arts, WOMAD Australia and New Zealand, and Freespace Hong Kong. She was also a part of Claxton’s digital collaborations with Brightside Studios. Subsequently, Joanne starred in Abby Warrilow’s award winning dance film Etch, which continues to be shown at film festivals around the world.

Other engagements include: performing works by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Robert Cohan with Yorke Dance Project, UK; creating a role in Lewis Normand’s 'Selkie'; Pangcah Dance Theatre, Taiwan; Pasodos Dance Company, Spain; Errol White Company, UK; Cohan Collective; Kevin Edward Turner; Clive Andrews; Rob Heaslip Dance; Stephen Pelton; Diana Loosmore; Emotion+; Ampersandance; Malgorzata Dzierzon; plan B Creative; Cagoule Productions; BBC; and various music videos.

In recent years, she has also been discovering her own voice as a choreographer, creating work for: Northern Ballet School, performed at Sadlers Wells, The Dance House Theatre Manchester and Middleton Arena; the Dance School of Scotland’s 2019 Annual showcase at The Theatre Royal; Plan B Creative; and In’Ballo’s youth company in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 2020.