I call myself a career chameleon. Why?

Because I wear many hats and feel like my job title is forever changing, but the heart and soul of what I want to do is the same- I want to help spark something in people and make them happy.

Be it as a performer onstage, a creator off, a yoga teacher or through scribbling musings and sharing them. I am dedicated and dynamic.

Hailing from NZ, I trained at Ollerup International Academy of Gymnastics and Physical Education in Denmark, Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance and Akishi Yogashala in Rishikesh, India (200hrYTT.)

This colourful tasting platter has sent me to work in all realms of entertainment and education, which you can read about below.


Location: Melbourne, Australia



The Promotion| Fiasco Stage @ Rainbow Serpent Festival | 2018​

Banana Jolie

Banana Jolie, MC, Miss Friby's Box

The Village | Falls Festival | 2017-18

'Encore' Showcase | Impromptunes | 2016​


Banana Jolie- Resident Performer

Electroswing Party | Steamphunk Australia | 2015-

'So You Think You Can Clown' | Melb International Comedy Fest | 2013

Guest opening act. Produced by Miss Friby


'A Midsummer Night's Dream' | Shakespeare's Globe London | 2008

Onscreen and Promotional
Special Skills

Comedy, dance, MC/Hosting

Creative concepts, choreography, writing, theatre reviewer

Motivated and results-oriented facilitator, teacher and fitness coach

Proactive and resourceful manager of students, staff, clients and practical sessions

Meticulous attention to detail in performance production, promotion and marketing



Training & Scholarships

'Current' & 'Present' | RAW Melbourne | 2015


'So You Think You Can Interpretive Dance' | The Village Festival | 2017-​

MC / Coordinator

Presenter/ Vox Pops

Fireworks show Promotional Video | Lady Cutler Showboat | 2017

Vox Pops

UNDRGRND  DNCE | Dance Industry Night | 2014

C31 'Media Strikes Back' | Project 628 | 2012



Just Bananas | Banana Jolie- Gone Bananas | 2017

Producer, Performer, Writer

Producer, Performer, Writer

Just Bananas | Confessions of an Aerobics Instructor | 2016

Just Bananas | Putting the G'Day in Cabaret | 2015-16

Assistant director, member of writing team

Miss Friby | 'Two Pound Parlour' 'Alone at Last' | 2013, 2016

Producer, Performer, Writer

Boom Media | Dance Chat web series | 2013

Production Assistant, content creator

Akshi Yogashala | 200hr YTT | Yoga Alliance 2017

Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance | Education Scholar | 2010-2011

Certificate III Fitness | Fitness Australia | 2011

Gymnastikhojskolen i Ollerup | International Scholarship | 2008-2009

Teaching & Workshops

'Creating Space for Joy' | Prana House, RSF | 2018

Yoga workshop with live music

Yin Yang, Tumble and Twist | The Sacred Nest  | 2017

Yoga for adults and children, movement exploration

Fireflies International Preschool | Kampot, Cambodia| 2016

Children's yoga and dance

MOVE (NGO) Dance | 'Wat Kampot, Cambodia | 2016

Dance Teacher for students and teachers

Boom Media | Dance Chat web series | 2013

Production Assistant, content creator


Wanganui, New Zealand

'We Are Family' | Dance Showcase | 2018​

Advanced Musical Theatre Exam Dance | AJDA NZ | 2018

Taught nationwide

Kampot, Cambodia

MOVE! Cambodia | NGO Dance Project in Schools | 2016​

Melbourne, Australia

Project Y | Collaboration the Project | 2012

Choice Hotels | AGM Flashmob | 2011

Melbourne, Australia

Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance | Dance school Showcase | 2011-15

Melbourne, Australia

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 Joana Simmons - Performer - Choreographer - Writer - Yoga Teacher