Elizabeth Johnson

Associate Artist

photo by John Borstel

Elizabeth Johnson is a choreographer, dancer, and educator with a particular focus on youth through embodied learning and leadership development in the arts. She graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Theatre, has studied at London Contemporary Dance School, taught at Arizona State University and until September of 2010 was the Associate Artistic Director of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

Elizabeth connects communities through choreography. Through her work with Dance Exchange she has designed trans-disciplinary participatory performance projects in communities from Eastport, Maine, to Los Angeles, California; from Kyoto, Japan, to Vancouver, Canada. She has worked with executives and fishermen, children and teachers, beatboxers and ballet dancers, veterans and activists, fire-eaters, social workers, clergy, immigrants and athletes.

Her work with young people has been featured across the country and internationally. Her choreographic work is driven by athleticism, physiology, and the desire to connect movement with meaning. She is a yoga practitioner, runner and rock climber.

Recently, Elizabeth led 4000 students at James Madison University in a “”DNA Dance” as part of their freshmen orientation (http://www.jmu.edu/bethechange/stories/openToPossibility.shtml), collaboratively developed the multi-media exhibit “Cells: The Universe Inside Us” at the Maryland Science Center, and created a site-specific performance work at Arizona State University that connected dance students with communities in ideas inspired by collaborations with the Global Institute of Sustainability.