Katerina Joumana

Performing artist, choreographer, dance school owner.

Katerina started her dance education at the age of 5 with classical ballet. Having finished ballet school in her home town of Baikonur, Kasakhstan, she moved to Moscow, Russia, where she had worked for several state dance companies.

Committed to life-long learning, Katerina continued to perfect her ballet technique over the years, studied modern/contemporary dance and bodywork (the Feldenkrais method of somatic education).

Having fallen in love with Oriental/Middle-Eastern dance in 2004, Katerina devoted her career to this art form, won 7 international dance competitions and founded her  professional dance company “Joumana Dance Show”, which has been performing to ever increasing audiences with around 100-180 yearly shows for more than 10 years now.

Her teaching carrier includes 19 years of teaching classical ballet and 15 years of teaching oriental dance to women of all ages and backgrounds, from professional dancers to beginners.

Having performed solo and with the company on four continents, Katerina relies on the traditional Middle-earstern dance and musical forms. However at the same time she gives them a contemporary touch, mixing the traditional with contemporary, working with various musicians and creating inspiring choreographies. She sees oriental dance as an art form, sending the message of not only beauty and elegance, but also acceptance, appreciation of various cultures, being open to new creative ideas and finding one’s true potential.

Katerina Joumana currently resides in Vienna, Austria, where she opened her dance school in 2015. She teaches classical ballet and middle-eastern dance to the new generations of dancers. She enjoys the transformative effect of dance on her students and continuing to learn from them. She manages and choreographs for her dance company, as well as travels extensively to teach and perform in various countries.