Lorin Johnson began his training with Richard Gibson at the Pacific Dance Center before becoming
a full-scholarship student at the San Francisco Ballet School. In 1986, he joined the San Francisco
Ballet under the directorship of Helgi Tomasson. In 1987 he was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to
join the American Ballet Theatre, where he performed until 1995. At ABT, Johnson worked with
such renowned choreographers as Glen Tetley, Agnes DeMille, Kenneth Macmillan, Jerome Robbins
and Twyla Tharp, and he created original roles in ballets by Ulysses Dove, Clark Tippet, Baryshnikov,
and DeMille, among others. During 1996-1999 Johnson performed as a national and international guest
artist, dancing the principal roles for such companies as The National Dance Theatre of Bermuda,
Ballet Pacifica, and Festival Ballet Theatre. During this period he created principal roles in ballets by
Peter Pucci, David Allan and Lynn Taylor-Corbett, among others. He has also been a guest artist with
such companies as The New York City Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Since 1996, Johnson has been on the faculty of such institutions as: the University of California, Irvine; the California Institute of the Arts; California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Fullerton; the Orange County High School for the Arts; the Saint Joseph Ballet; Southland Ballet Academy; Jimmy DeFore Dance Foundation; and Ballet Pacifica. He has taught and coached company dancers in such companies as Ballet Pacifica and Festival Ballet Theatre.
In 2005, Johnson was the Director of the Ballet Pacifica Academy, where he restructured the academy curriculum, spearheaded a successful summer intensive program and several community outreach programs as well as directing Ballet Pacifica's 2005 performances of The Nutcracker, featuring the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company.
In 2006, Johnson became an Assistant Professor of dance at California State University, Long Beach.
Johnson's choreographic work has been seen both in the US and abroad, and he has been commissioned to create original works for such companies as Festival Ballet Theatre, and the Ballet Pacifica Academy. In 2003, Johnson directed and choreographed an evening of dance for the annual dance festival at the Fabbrica Europa in Florence, Italy. Sergio Trombetta, the dance critic for Danza & Danza , wrote that Johnson's ballet, “Moto-Bio: Bodies in Movement,” was “a work of extraordinary interest.”
In addition to teaching and choreographing, Johnson has also published several articles on dance history in various scholarly journals, a result of his extensive research in Russia. He has presented papers in major universities and academic conferences and is a frequent lecturer of dance history.
Johnson has both B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California. For more information, please visit his personal website.
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