Cheryl Johnson, photo by Auston James
Cheryl Johnson (dancer, vocalist, percussionist, choreographer, educator, personal trainer) has performed Off-Broadway, for TV, music videos, at international arts festivals and with touring dance companies. In NYC she performed in original music/dance theatre works at The New City Theatre, The Jerry Ames Tap Dance Company, Gail Conrad’s Tap Dance Theatre, music videos for Columbia Records and Sony Corp. and in a street performing unicycle act. In Seattle since 1986, she collaborated on creations that featured the art of tap dance and live music. She has been awarded choreography grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, WA State Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission and Artist Trust Foundation, choreographed and performed Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto, created “Tap Squad” mentoring up and coming talent, co-founded the Johnson & Peters Tap Dance Studio and the non-profit arts organization Anacrusis Modern Tap Dance. Johnson has served as an adjunct lecturer to the University of Washington Dance Department and a dance consultant to Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project (EMP museum.) She was a guest instructor and choreographer for Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School, taught tap dance for musical theatre at the 5th AVE Theatre, choreographed for the “Men In Dance” festival, Cabaret Productions, Women On Tap, and high school musicals. She was co-producer of the Seattle Festivals of Tap Dance featuring some of the greatest tap dance and jazz music artists. In Rochester, NY since 2011, she performs as a guest artist with the Bill Evans Dance Company, hosts tap dance jams with live music every third Sunday at the Tango Café, performs as a vocalist/percussionist/tap dancer with a variety of local musicians, teaches at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance, the College at Brockport Dance Department and national dance workshops. In 2012 she choreographed “Go Dog Go” for Tyke’s Theatre, performed in Rochester’s First Fringe Festival and developed modern dance/tap dance theatre collaborations with Garth Fagan dancer, Christopher Morrison. In 2013 Johnsonl collaborates with Bill Evans and Courtney World in Valentine’s Day RRRox (Rochester Rhythm & Romance, Jazz Hugs and Tap Dance Kisses).
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