Dancer, choreographer, educator, and producer Jill Johnson’s fusion of classical purity with modern physical grace has brought her to stages around the globe. She has appeared in over 50 tours and taught master classes at dance companies and colleges on five continents. A graduate of the National Ballet School, Ms. Johnson was a Soloist with The National Ballet of Canada and Principal dancer with Ballet Frankfurt. A protégé and close collaborator of choreographer William Forsythe, she stages his ballets on companies worldwide, including The Norwegian National Ballet, State Opera Ballet Munich, Paris Opera Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Italy’s Alterballetto, Netherlands Dans Theater, Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, The National Ballet of Canada and American Ballet Theatre. Her recent choreographic work includes The Copier, a commissioned original dance installation for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, which received critical acclaim including honorable mention in Time Out New York’s Best in Dance in 2008; Room/Room for New York University, and 27 for 17 for The New School University where she was Artist-in-Residence in the spring of 2009. She also choreographs for film and television, notably a series of dance film shorts for Bravo arts channel in Canada; is a featured performer in commercials for Rover, and music videos for German techno artist Sven Vaeth and American singer-songwriter David Poe.
A dance educator, Ms. Johnson’s extensive experience teaching master classes and courses, and course curriculum design for professional dance programs worldwide includes The Juilliard School, New York University, Columbia University, Yale University, the New School University, Edinburgh Festival and the Palucca Schule in Germany. She has a residency teaching open, master workshops at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City in 2009-2010; is adjunct faculty at The Juilliard School and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; Adjunct Associate Professor at Barnard College at Columbia University; Choreographer-In-Residence at Movement Invention Project in New York, where she has been commissioned to make an original work for 51 dancers in July 2010; and teaches regularly at The Ailey School and Ohio State University, where she collaborated on the award winning OSU/Forsythe Company web-based project Synchronous Objects. Johnson lives in New York City.