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 the 2017 and 2018 U.K. tours of “MK Ultra” (4* Luke Jennings, “The Observer”).
After completing the MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise at NSCD (2018), João began to work as a Creative Producer for Open Source Arts (OSA) and independently. João continues to develop his interest in furthering his understanding of the local artistic ecology and enhancing it, being the Independent Board Member at Leeds Dance Partnership.