Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Mariana completed her dance training at the Royal Ballet School in London. She then joined Northern Ballet where she performed a wide range of works and toured extensively across the U.K. In recent years she also developed her strengths as a choreographer, creating and directing “Little Red Riding Hood”, a ballet for children, and “Termagant”, a piece that won Mariana the “Emerging Choreographer Award” in the Dance Open America Competition.
Mariana’s work is driven by the desire to affect positive change, placing an emphasis on creating healthy and inclusive environments, as well as collaborating with dancers to find ways to express their own unique views. Mariana was a part of Northern Ballet’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion panel, established with the help of Tonic. Tonic’s work in shaping a more Equitable, Inclusive and diverse arts sector fills her with hope for the future and she is thrilled to now be a part of the team.