Joana Silva founder and instructor of IMO studio

Joana Silva

Imo Studio Founder & Instructor

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Born in 1981 in Lisbon, Portugal, Joana is a former acrobatic gymnast, pole dancer since 2007, awarded pole artist in several international championships (Pole Art Pro winner at Pole Theatre UK 2016, USA 2017 & Iceland 2019), pole instructor since 2008 teaching in Portugal and around the world (Spain, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Egypt), founder of the first Pole Dance Instructor Course entirely in Portuguese, Physiotherapist and Osteopath.

As an instructor, she values an accessible but demanding teaching methodology, as well as promoting a safe, friendly and inclusive environment in which everyone feels at home!

Sarah Pires


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Born in 1987 in Paris, France, Sarah practiced Classical Dance for 15 years at the Paris Conservatory, and took many workshops with national and international pole dance instructors. She’s a pole dancer and pole artist since 2013, participating in several shows and competitions (Pole Art Portugal, Pole Theater Switzerland, Pole Art Spain, Pole Night LX), and pole instructor since 2017.

Teaching is her new passion. In her classes, she likes to convey this feeling and to follow the students’ progress, dazzling everyone and everything with her smile!

Sarah Pires instructor of IMO studio
Diana Martins instructor of IMO studio

Diana Martins


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Born in 1987 in Santarém, Portugal, Diana is an aerial artist and acrobat since 2012, pole instructor since 2012, an aerial instructor by Nymble arts/NECCA (UK) since 2015, specialized in aerial silks since 2016, an aerial yoga instructor since 2015, and a yoga teacher since 2017.

As an instructor she values a progressive and secure teaching methodology, and she’s truly passionate about sharing her wisdom and experience!