Iohna was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. After competing at the Prix de Lausanne aged 16, she received a scholarship from Dame Merle Park to attend the Royal Ballet School. Whilst at school she had the privilege to work with William Tuckett, creating the ‘1812 Overture’ for the Royal Ballet’s Winter Gala.
Other highlights included creating the lead in Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Shubertiade’ and working on a documentary for the Balanchine Foundation with Dame Alicia Markova.
After graduating, Iohna joined Cape Town City Ballet. Here, as a young dancer, she enjoyed the benefits of working in a smaller company, dancing in all the productions, touring, making friends and having her grandmother in town! But after three and a half years, Iohna was yearning to be back in London.
She subsequently spent 13 wonderful years with the Royal Ballet, enjoying many soloist roles and loved working with esteemed choreographers like Scarlett, Macgregor, Wheeldon, Bintley and Tuckett. Iohna found great joy dancing the Ashton and Macmillan repertoire, and always enjoyed the challenge of working with Patricia Neary on the Balanchine works.
In 2013 she became Mom to Islay, and after completing the Royal Ballet School Teachers Course she moved to Sydney with her husband and daughter to start a new adventure.
Iohna thoroughly enjoys working with her wonderful colleagues at CB121, who share her love of nurturing, coaching each student to reach their full potential, and creating a positive work space to thrive both mentally and physically.
Iohna enjoys travelling, spending time with her family, watching rugby and tennis, and eating good food!