University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth JohnsonSenior Lecturer

Elizabeth Johnson’s professional level dance training began at North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with many historically notable teachers including Melissa Hayden (New York City Ballet), Duncan Noble (American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), and Robert Lindgren (American Ballet Theatre, Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo). She holds a BFA in Dance with honors from George Mason University where she received the Department of Dance Award for Academic Excellence, an MFA in Performance and Choreography from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she received the first Patricia Knowles Scholarship for graduate student excellence and the Wanda M. Nettl prize for student choreography, and a GL-CMA (Graduate Laban Certificate of Movement Analysis) in Laban Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago where she received the merit based Warren Lamb Tuition Scholarship. Throughout her training and career, Johnson feels exceedingly grateful for the privilege of having danced distinguished classical and contemporary works by Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Mark Morris, Rachel Lampert, Sara Hook, Cynthia Oliver, David Parker, and Heinz Poll. She counts herself also very fortunate to have rehearsal directed casts of Mark Morris’ Canonic ¾ Studies, Twyla Tharp’s The Fugue, and Sara Hook’s Twelve Mercurial Tidings. Johnson is the founder and artistic director of Your Mother Dances, her Milwaukee based contemporary repertory company. Her choreography has also been produced in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Louisville, New Haven, CT, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, IL and has been selected several times for Gala performance at the American College Dance Festival. In addition to her own company work, Johnson has toured nationally and internationally as a company member with York City’s David Parker and The Bang Group and has performed with Sara Hook Dances (NYC & IL) and Molly Rabinowitz Liquid Grip (NYC). Johnson has served as dance faculty at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and has conducted guest residencies at UW-Whitewater, Texas Christian University, and Belhaven College. Her teaching expertise and research include the integration of anatomy, kinesiology and somatic inquiry (Laban Movement Analysis and Alexander Technique) into dance technique teaching, Dance Improvisation and Composition pedagogy, and exploring feminist theory, embodiment, relationship, and popular culture trends and ironies in her choreographic work. She has presented her written and choreographic research at conferences for the Laban based Motus Humanus, the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA), and was recently accepted to present at the annual National Dance Education Association (NDEO) conference. She is also thrilled to be in her third and final year of training to become a certified Alexander Technique teacher.