Joanna Numata moved to Manhattan at the age of 17 to attend Hunter College. During her winter break, her old tap teacher advised her to begin taking dance classes in the city. Joanna continued her studies in ballet, tap and jazz and began her study of hip-hop. After devoting much of her time to improving her craft, Joanna's tenacious efforts paid off. She was invited to become a member of Rhapsody James's company. This opportunity allowed her to gain the experience and training she would need for the commercial dance world. Almost one year after she began training in the city, Joanna started dancing professionally. During the summer of 2004, she started teaching at different studios in Manhattan. This eventually broadened Joanna’s teaching opportunities, leading her across the US and abroad to conduct workshops.
Joanna has had the privilege of working with such artists as Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Fergie, Busta Rhymes, P.Diddy, Nelly, Pharrel, Black Eyed Peas, Dirty Money and Cassie. Her film credits include the feature films STEP UP 3D, I AM LEGEND, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (to be released in 2011) and THE SMURFS MOVIE (to be released in summer 2011). Some other credits are "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," "Fashion Rocks," "MTV VMA's," "SNL," "Law & Order," Dr.Scholls national commercial, and industrials for L'Oreal, Nexxus, Nike, Adidas, Sobe Lifewater, and Equinox.