Hanna-Maija Pääkkönen

contemporary artist / choreographer / phd

WORKS AS A ChoreographER

2022 Partita / Helsinki

2021 Moving Recollections / Helsinki

2019 Textual Motion at the Box / Gallery Forum Box, Helsinki

2019 Smooth / Theater Sampo, Helsinki 

2019  It’s Our Time to Listen / Helsinki, Los Angeles 

2019  Intermixtures / Theater Sampo, Helsinki 

2018  Boxed Up! / Cultural Center STOA, Helsinki 

2018  Womenhood // Humanhood / Cultural Center STOA, Helsinki

2017 New York – Puerto Rico –La Habana / Tulli- ja Pakkahuone

2016  Spring Fling / Astoria-hall, Helsinki 

2015 Something Old, Something New / Astoria-hall Helsinki

2015  Pintor / Astoria-hall Helsinki 

2010  What Goes Around / Cultural Arena Gloria Helsinki

2009 Rockers at URB / Urban Art Festival, Kiasma, Helsinki


2023 Silent Party / Helsinki public transport

2022 Representation of Power / performance series in Helsinki’s public areas

2022  Decent Women / Gallery Pirkko-Liisa Topelius / Helsinki

2021  Decent Women ft Vendetta theater / Gallery Forum Box

2021 Bitchcraft – the Exhibitionist / Helsinki


2022 Educator in Movement creations methods workshops in collaboration with Pilares of City of Mexico / México

2021-2022 Author and visual designer of “Tanssi – tietokirja nuorelle harrastajalle” book. Written and published with support from Taike.

2021 Project leader at “Dance around the world” portal executed with support from Taike.

2020 Project leader in ‘Made by Us’ Youth Dance Project supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation / Helsinki

2020 Host and producer of “Dance Talk” and “the Reggaeton Podcast” podcast series

2020 Curator of Plataforma virtual de Arte – virtual gallery showcasing the work of young Latin American artists

2015-2017 Producer of early dance charity event “Live Love Dance Helsinki”



2007  Principal Dancer / Fantasia Cubana, Helsinki

2006 Principal Dancer / MediCuba Finland / Helsinki

2002-2007 Dancer at Grupo Salsa de Cuba / Helsinki

2002 Dancer at Danza AfroCubana / Savoy Theater, Helsinki

2000-2001  Dancer at Grupo Afro Salsa Viva / Helsinki

pedagogical experience

2020-2021 Part time dance art teacher at Kruunuhaan yläkoulu, specialized dance education line

2010- 2022 Head of pedagogy at Studio Tambor, Helsinki

2009-2012 Dance teacher, Taidetehtaan tanssikoulu, Porvoo

2002-2018 Dance teacher, Tanssikoulu Salsa de Cuba, Helsinki


Doctor of Philosophy
2019 Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki

Master of Arts (MA)
2011 Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
2007 Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki

grants & scholarships

2022 City of Helsinki / project grant for performance

2021 City of Helsinki / project grant for performance

2021 Arts Promotion Centre Finland / personal working grant

2020 Finnish Cultural Foundation / personal working grant

2020 Kone Foundation / personal working grant

2013 Finnish Youth Studies Association / travel grant

2012 University of Helsinki’s Chancellor / travel grant

2012 University of Helsinki Research Foundation / personal working grant

2009 University of Helsinki Faculty of Arts Fund / scholarship



2022 Decolonizing Tertiary Dance Education: Time to Act / Stockholm University of the Arts

2022 Decolonizing the Body – A Question of Technique / Stockholm University of the Arts

2020 Breath- Gaze -Space, workshop on Carl Knif’s somatic method / Zodiak Helsinki

2019 Wise Motion Workshops, Helsinki

2019 Master classes: Karel Flores, Amneris Martinez / Miami

2018 Master classes: Eddie Torres, Eddie Torres jr, Gricelle Ponce / Paris

2017 Master classes: Karel Flores, Amneris Martinez, Yamulee Company / Miami

2016 Master classes: Eddie Torres, Fernando Sosa, Franklin Diaz / Miami

2015 Master classes: Fernando Sosa, Karel Flores / London

2008-2014 addiotional training in Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic


Finnish – native

Spanish – excellent working proficiency

English – excellent working proficiency

Swedish – limited working proficiency

French – limited working proficiency

Estonian – elementary proficiency

Portuguese – elementary proficiency

German – elementary proficiency

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