Lorin Johnson trained at the Pacific Dance Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet School, training with: Richard Gibson, Yehuda Maor, Tina Santos, Daniel Simmons, Larisa Sklyanskaya, Helen Coope, Henry Berg, Richard Cammack, Zola Dishong, Christine Bering, and Anatole Vilzak. He performed with the San Francisco Ballet before joining the American Ballet Theatre under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov, working with choreographers such as Agnes DeMille, Ulysses Dove, Kenneth Macmillan, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Twyla Tharp, Clark Tippet.
Johnson's choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, including the Fabbrica Europa Dance Festival in Florence, Italy; Celebrate Dance in Los Angeles; the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Invitational Dance Festival; the Laguna Dance Festival; the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, the Los Angeles Dance Invitational at the Ford Amphitheater and with LA Grand Ensemble at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. He has been artist in residence at such universities as Skidmore College, New York and at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) in Southern California. Johnson's dance company, Body Current Dance, performs his choreography and has received critical acclaim in Southern California.
Johnson has taught and lectured in universities and conservatories in the U.S. and abroad. Recently, he gave a master class at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia (the former conservatory of George Balanchine.) Since 2004, Johnson has served on the faculty of the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive program where he serves as Artistic Coordinator the Orange County program. He is a certified teacher of ABT National Training Curriculum and teaches and adjudicates audition classes for the ABT summer intensives program.
Johnson is currently an Associate Professor in the Dance Department at California State University, Long Beach, where he teaches courses in technique and composition. His writings on dance, including historical research, have been published in Dance International and Dance Teacher magazines, as well as in the peer-reviewed journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Routledge) and in Experiment and Musyka. Johnson has appeared as a speaker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Los Angeles Music Center, and in 2013 served as Artistic Advisor for the Music Center’s festival LA’s Rite: Stravinsky, Innovation and Dance. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California.
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