Norma was born in Rio de Janiero and trained at the “Teatro Municipal” school. She was accepted into the Corp de Ballet of Rio, and at age 19 was invited to join Stuttgart Ballet, where she danced solo and leading roles, and traveled worldwide. She later joined the Munich Ballet company. Norma has worked with John Cranko, Jiri Kylian, and George Balanchine, and has had the fortune to share the stage with Margot Fonteyn, Rudolph Nureyev, Carla Fracci, Natalia Makarowa, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anthony Dowell, Martine Van Hamel, Marcia Haydee, Richard Cragun and others. She has remained continuously active in dance as a ballet instructor and choreographer for various Bergen County dance schools, the Hathaway Academy of Ballet and Collin County Ballet Theatre in Texas, Rutgers University, and audition classes for the summer program for the Pittsburgh Ballet.