Elizabeth Johnson’s professional dance training began at North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with many historically notable classical Ballet teachers including Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, and Robert Lindgren. She earned a BFA with honors at George Mason University, receiving the Department of Dance Award for Academic Excellence, and her MFA in Performance and Choreography from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where she was awarded the first Patricia Knowles Scholarship for graduate student excellence and the Wanda M. Nettl prize for student choreography.
The founder and Artistic Director of Your Mother Dances, her contemporary repertory company, Johnson presents original work alongside established choreographers from across the country (David Parker, Sara Hook, Gerald Casel, Trey McIntyre, Molly Rabinowitz, Heinz Poll, Luc Vanier, Erika Randall, Dawn Springer) as well as emergent regional and local artists. Her choreography has also been produced in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Louisville, New Haven, CT, Fort Worth, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and has been selected for Gala performance at the American College Dance Association.
As a professional performer, Johnson has toured nationally and internationally as a company member with New York City’s David Parker and The Bang Group and also danced with Sara Hook Dances (NYC & IL), and Molly Rabinowitz Liquid Grip (NYC). She has also performed distinguished classical and contemporary works by Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Salvatore Aiello, Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, Rachel Lampert, Mark Morris, Cynthia Oliver, Luc Vanier, Trey McIntyre and Heinz Poll and has served as rehearsal director for works by Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Sara Hook, and Rebecca Stenn.
A somatic educator and practitioner, Johnson holds a Graduate Laban Certificate of Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies where she garnered the Warren Lamb Tuition Scholarship and is proud to be a dual certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique (AmSat/ATI). Her research and teaching expertise also include the integration of anatomy, kinesiology and somatic inquiry into dance technique teaching, Dance Composition pedagogy, and exploring feminist theory, embodiment, relationship, and popular culture trends and ironies in her dances. She has presented her written and creative research at Motus Humanus, Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, and National Dance Education Organization conferences. Johnson has served as Dance faculty at UIUC, UW Madison, UNC-Greensboro, UW-Milwaukee, Texas Tech University, and is thrilled to join the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance faculty as an Assistant Professor.