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Johnna Wickstrom, MFA Candidate

Office Phone: 562.985.4747
Office: DC-F208


Johnna Wickstrom, originally from Oklahoma, earned a B.A. with honors from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, completing a double-major in Russian language and culture, and dance and movements studies. Johnna danced professionally with several companies in the Atlanta area, such as StaibDance, Brooks and Company Dance, Catellier Dance Projects, Open Collision, and Ground Delivery, before coming to CSULB to obtain her M.F.A. in dance. Currently in her third year in the program, Johnna’s graduate thesis work emphasizes the use of autobiographical memories in the creation and performance of dance works.  As a teacher, Johnna is interested in creating an environment where risk-taking is embraced and hard work and fun are equally important. During her time at the CSULB dance department, she has enjoyed teaching occasional beginning and intermediate modern classes and will be teaching her third semester of beginning jazz this fall. After receiving her graduate degree, Johnna plans on staying in the Los Angeles area to pursue a performance career in both concert and commercial dance, and looks forward to further establishing herself as an educator.