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  • Anthony W Johnson Biography & Resume

  • Biography

    anthony w johnson DANCER

    It comes as no surprise that Anthony Johnson shares the same birthday as the late, great Ballet Master and the father of American Ballet, George Balanchine. Throughout his illustrious career, Johnson, (Founder, Director and Choreographer of Ballet Magique), has trained and performed as a soloist for many prestigious Ballet/Modern/ Opera companies throughout the United States and around the world including: The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Los Angeles Opera Company, and Ballet Theatre of Chicago, Ballet Chicago, and Chicago Festival Ballet.

    Johnson also performed with International Ballet of Rotaru, Tampa, Colorado Ballet, Contemporary Ballet Theatre and the Moscow Ballet, Ballethnic, The Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, The Los Angeles Opera Company, Physical Rhythm Project, James Kelly Project, Second City Ballet, “ Those funny Little People”, Colors Dance Theatre, and Demetrius Klein & Dancers to name a few.

    He received scholarships to train at the famed Acting School Second City School in Chicago, Wright State University, USF and Point Park College in Pittsburgh. Johnson’s ballet background was sculpted by some of the greatest teachers and coaches of this generation including: Debra Brown (Cirque De Soleil), Shamiel Yagudin (coach of the Bolshoi Ballet), Donald MacKayle (Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre), Laura Alonso (National Ballet of Cuba), Assaf Messerer, Haydee Gutierrez, Jurgen Schneider, Gretchen Warren, Irina Kopakolva, Martin Friedman, Larry Long, Ken Von Heidecke, Pavel Rotaru, Robert Barnett, Shamiel Yagudin, Barbara Sandonato, Carlton Johnson, Gus Giordano, Ken Johnson, and Sandra Robinson. Johnson performed leading roles for some of the most popular ballets and operas like, “The Prodigal Son”, Afternoon of a Faun, The Rite of Spring, Giselle, Petruska, Sleeping Beauty, Aida, Faust, Swan Lake, and The Ghost of Versailles. He has studied Horton, Cunningham, Graham, Limon, and Laban at the University levels and with some of the masters themselves.

    In 2004, “Dance Spirit Magazine featured an article on Johnson with an interview about Lyrical Dancers in Los Angeles.

    Wushu Martial Artist Anthony bein training in 2003 under the direction of Kung fu Hall of famer Woody Wong and World Champion wushu master Je Jing De. Since those years Anthony has choreographed, staged exhibitions as well as incorporated Wushu in all aspects of Ballet Magique newest shows.

  • Biography

    anthony w johnson CHOREOGRAPHER

    As a Choreographer, Johnson began as the assistant choreographer for The Backstreet Boys, and has since worked on several shows like The World Magic Awards, Arista Records 25th Anniversary, 80’s pop star Paul Lekakis; several Magicians, The bands Empress and Salon K, and, of course his solo for the Paul McCartney tour as the Khatakali Indian God. As The Founder/Creator/Director of Ballet Magique, Johnson also received a 2004 Lester Horton Award nomination for “Outstanding Achievement in Choreography” for Ballet Magique’s “Ring of the Rose"; Ballet Magique received Outstanding Achievements in Costume and Lighting Design.” nominations as well. That same year Johnson's student, Nobutaka Mochimaru, also received Male dancer of the Year from The Beverly Hills Outlook for his performance with Ballet Magique. At the Los Angeles County High School for the arts, Johnson’s work resonated througouht the Los Angeles area, as well as outside choreographies at the Carnival in Hollywood. Johnson has created five shows for Ballet Magique, and has received accolades from Master Magician Lance Burton, Ricardo Martinelli, the President of Panama, renowned illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, Steve Jia former President of the The Orange County Chinese Association, Joel Hall, Ken VonHeidecke Ballet Master and Choreographer of the Chicago Lyric Opera and countless others. With shyness Anthony was taken aback when Diane Monroe gave Ballet Magique this review in the Arabesque show held the famous Alex Theatre in Glendale “ The Ring of the Rose was the most thoroughly developed work on the program. Their technical level of performance was much higher than the others.

    ACTOR Johnson toured with Sir Paul McCartney in “Drivin’ U.S.A.”, several Pacific Tours on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and a plethora of television and film appearances including “Son of the Beach”, “Hoodlum”, “Skin Walker” “The World Magic Awards”, “Jackson’s: An American Dream” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and most recently, The role of Wayne in“ The Land of the Astronauts with David Arquette and Vivica A. Fox. A brief collection of Johnson's accomplishments and performances include; Broadway shows such as, “Marat/ Sade”, a Broadway tour of “Dreamgirls” Randy Newman’s Faust, and several productions at The Black Ensemble Theatre where he was nominated Best Actor for his role as “Tommy Gomez in "Me and Ms D" the story of Tommy Gomez and the legendary Katherine Dunham. There he also acted in "A Streetcar named Desire" and “The Amen Corner”< The Root Doctor. Other credits Ritchie in “A Chorus Line, Charles Drew in The Charles Drew Story, and James in “The Trees don’t Bleed in Tuskegee.

  • Biography

    anthony w johnson TEACHER/MENTOR

    Johnson is best known for training some of the BEST DANCERS/ACTORS in the Business. All of his “private” students have also gone to professional careers with the likes of Bejart Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Ballet de Printemps American Ballet Theatre, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Cirque Du Soleil, and on Broadway in “Mama Mia”, Movin’ Out,” “Come Fly Away”, The Lion King” Films like Across the Universe, Step up, You got Served, and have appeared on Dancing with the Stars. This year, he has two students that made top 20 on “So you think you can Dance!” Alex Fost & Miranda Maleski. Some have also toured with Janet Jackson and Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and are in various productions of “Cats”. From 2006-2009 Anthony joined the dance faculty at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Although Mr. Johnson has taught throughout the US and abroad, he has spent most of his teaching career in Los Angeles, there , Anthony has taught for 14 years at Millennium Dance Studio, and several years at the Edge Performing Arts Center, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Hama’s Dance Center, West Side School of Ballet, and IDA in Hollywood. Mr. Johnson continues to inspire, mentor students and professionals across the USA as well as abroad.

    POET/AUTHOR Johnson began his writing career in early high school, after his English teacher told him that he was gifted and had a way with words, based upon a couple of paragraphs he turned in for an assignment. After which he won the award for “Most Prolific Writer, and was published in the school writing journal. He continued in College at Wright State University where he joined the writer’s Clubs and also again published in the college’s writer’s journals. After leaving College, he continued to write and his poem “Rondeau” was republished after Johnson went back and added two more pages, and named in “Beginning with A”. After several years , friends and colleagues encouraged him to submit his work, while he had been heavily involved now in “spoken word shows”. He did just that and three poems were published in several anthologies as well they became the opening poems for those books. Teaching and submitting his work to fellow writer’s he began to write a novel and is nearly finished. It’s called “C” and through his new book, wrote the scripts to “Les Vampires, I once was lost”... “Expulsion, and Genesis and his book of poetry called “Laughing Man on Fire”.

  • ANTHONY W JOHNSON TEL: 310.600.1925 Email: Websites: Design Work:


    anthony w johnson GRAPHIC ARTIST

    Johnson began doing art in the digital medium after running out of money to pay a graphic artists. Through his late partner Gene Wooley, he was given a MAC computer, some software and sheer determination and perseverance. Since that time in 2001, Johnson has created works for several movie companies, talent agencies, performers, business men, and of course his baby Ballet Magique. Anthony W Johnson’s Poetry Click here

  • Resumeanthony w johnson BALLET/OPERA /Modern/ Jazz Companies Work (partial Listing) *Soloist ** Principle

    *Los Angeles Opera Company **Lula Washington Dance Theatre *The Lyric Opera of Chicago **Physical Rhythm Project *The Chicago Festival Ballet B96 Party Crashers *Ballet Theatre of Chicago James Kelly Project **Second City Ballet Company Colors Dance Theatre *International Ballet Rotaru Demetrius Klein & Dancers **Contemporary Ballet Theatre Playhouse Dance Theatre **River City Ballet Tampa/Colorado Ballet (Apprentice) *Media City Ballet Leading Ballet Roles “The Prodigal Son”, L'après-midi d'un Faune, Le Sacre du printemps”, Giselle Petruska, Sleeping Beauty, Aida, Faust, Swan Lake, and The Ghost of Versailles. Rainbow Round my Shoulder and various works choreographed by Ken Von Heidecke