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Come Again No More choreographed by Lorin Johnson for the ABT Summer Intensive Program
Motobio: Bodies in Movement, choreographed by Lorin Johnson for the Palaia Dance Project, Florence, Italy 2003

Lorin Johnson, Professor

email: Lorin.Johnson@csulb.edu
Office Phone: 562.985.7039
Office: DC-F204

Lorin Johnson, Professor, teaches courses in ballet technique, pedagogy and dance history, as well as choreographing for and directing department concerts. Lorin Johnson trained at the Pacific Dance Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet School, dancing professionally with the San Francisco Ballet before joining the American Ballet Theatre in New York under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Johnson performed at ABT until 1995, appearing in eight seasons at the Metropolitan Opera House, touring nationally and internationally. Johnson created original roles in ballets by such renowned choreographers as Ulysses Dove, Clark Tippet and Agnes DeMille, among others. He has worked with some of the 20th century’s most renowned choreographers, including Glen Tetley, Kenneth Macmillan, Twyla Tharp, and Jerome Robbins.

Johnson's choreography has been presented internationally, including at The Garage Museum in Moscow, Russia and at the Fabbrica Europa Dance Festival in Florence, Italy. Nationally, his work has been commissioned by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra at Segerstrom Concert Hall; 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 Skidmore College, New York and at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) in Southern California.

Since 2004, Johnson has served on the faculty of the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive program and in 2013 he was named the Artistic Coordinator of ABT’s program in Orange County. He is a certified teacher of ABT National Training Curriculum and teaches and adjudicates audition classes for the ABT summer intensives program. Johnson has taught master classes in ballet nationally and internationally, and in 2013 was invited to teach a master class at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia, the former school of George Balanchine.

Johnson’s publications, including historical research, have been published in Dance International and Dance Teacher magazines, as well as in the peer-reviewed Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Routledge) as well as Experiment and Musyka. In 2014, Johnson was the editor of the volume Kinetic Los Angeles: Russian èmigrès in the City of Self-Transformation (Experiment, No. 20), which presented research on Russian artists in Southern California. Johnson has been a pre-performance 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. Johnson has B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California.

Lorin Johnson, Artistic Advisor for LA’s Rite; Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director for The Joffrey Ballet; Renae Williams Niles, Programming Director for The Music Center; Thor Steingraber, Vice President of Programming for The Music Center; Stephen Rountree, President & CEO for The Music Center; Millicent Hodson, Dance Historian; Kenneth Archer, Dance Historian. Photo, courtesy Los Angeles Music Center, Gisella Garcia-Schatz.

Lorin Johnson, Artistic Advisor for LA’s Rite; Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director for The Joffrey Ballet; Renae Williams Niles, Programming Director for The Music Center; Thor Steingraber, Vice President of Programming for The Music Center; Stephen Rountree, President & CEO for The Music Center; Millicent Hodson, Dance Historian; Kenneth Archer, Dance Historian.
Photo, courtesy Los Angeles Music Center, Gisella Garcia-Schatz.

Lorin teaching class at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia (founded 1896, the former school of George Balanchine)

Lorin teaching class at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia (founded 1896, the former school of George Balanchine)

Lorin speaking to the Consulate General at the opening of his exhibition at the Russian State Museum of Theatre and Music.

Lorin speaking to the Consulate General at the opening of his exhibition at the Russian State Museum of Theatre and Music.

Lorin at the legendary Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Lorin at the legendary Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.