Education

MFA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

MA, California State University, Sacramento, CA

BA, Luther College, Decorah, IA

Courses Taught

She teaches courses in choreography, dance kinesiology, and both modern and jazz dance technique.

Research Interests

Social justice issues of privilege, marginalization and social identity

Publications

FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES OF CHOREOGRAPHIC WORK

Selected by Adjudication

DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL, Brooklyn NY, 2019

DETROIT DANCE CITY FESTIVAL Choreographers Showcase, 2018

NEW DANCES DanceWorks Chicago and Thodos Dance Chicago; Commission of new work, 2018

GOING DUTCH FESTIVAL, commission of new work, Elgin, IL, 2018

WORLD DANCE ALLIANCE (WDA) Showcase Performance, St John’s, Newfoundland, 2017

GOING DUTCH FESTIVAL inaugural commission for new work, Elgin, IL, 2017

DANCE ST LOUIS – SPRING TO DANCE FESTIVAL, 2017

GALA CONCERT, AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE ASSOCIATION, 2017

WOMEN IN DANCE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Choreographers Showcase, 2015

GALA CONCERT, AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE ASSOCIATION, 2015

HARVEST CHICAGO CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL, 2014

WORLD DANCE ALLIANCE (WDA) Showcase Performance, Angers, France, 2014

AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION, FACULTY CONCERT, 2012

HARVEST CHICAGO CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL, 2011

HARVEST CHICAGO CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL, 2010

GALA CONCERT, AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION, 2005

GALA CONCERT, AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION, 2003

 

CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARDS - Adjudicated

INAUGURAL COMMISSSION of Side Street Studio Arts’ Going Dutch Festival 2017

NEW PRAGUE DANCE FESTIVAL, First Place in Choreography, Prague, Cz. 2013

SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: FESTIVAL OF CHOREOGRAPHIC COLLECTIVES “UNITY OF RUSSIA” Laureate and Grand Prix 2004

 

SELECT PERFORMANCES OF CHOREOGRAPHIC WORK - Invited

WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE, Kansas City, MO, 2017

LUMINOSITY, Collaborative performance with professional choir Cor Cantiamo, DeKalb, IL 2015

COLORS OF HOPE, Minneapolis, MN, 2009

WORLD DANCE ALLIANCE, Madison, WI, 2008

DANCE FOR CANCER, Stevens Point, WI, 2007

ARTS FOR LIFE, Rockford, IL, 2007

UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM, Washington, DC, 2002

 

CHOREOGRAPHY (Additional) – Professional

2009 Hee Oo Oom Hah, UNIVERSITY OF WI WHITEWATER

2008 Holding Patterns, CHICAGO PREMIERE OF CHELONIA DANCE (Ruth Page Center for the Arts)

Held/Accountable

2007 Le Sacre du Printemps, BELOIT JANESVILLE SYMPHONY

2006 Holding Patterns, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

2002 You (encore), WITHOUT SHOES DANCE CO. (Rockford, IL)

2001 You, WITHOUT SHOES DANCE CO.

1997 Free Spirits, WISCONSIN DANCE ENSEMBLE (Madison, WI)

1996 Sideslip, WISCONSIN DANCE ENSEMBLE

1995 Hee Oo Oom Hah, WISCONSIN DANCE ENSEMBLE

1994 Just Inside the Distance, WISCONSIN DANCE ENSEMBLE

1993 Subsets, WISCONSIN DANCE ENSEMBLE

1992 Severance, KANOPY DANCE

1990 Dance Deco, DALE SCHOLL’S DANCE/ART (Sacramento, CA)

1989 Scherzo

 

Chris Johnson


Professor and Director of Dance


  johnsnc@beloit.edu   608-363-2713   Hendricks Center
  • Chris Johnson
    Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson makes work drawing attention to matters of social justice; recently exploring issues of privilege, marginalization and social identity. Her choreographic awards include the inaugural commission of the Side Street Studio Arts Going Dutch Festival, First Place for Choreography at the New Prague Dance Festival, and the Laureate and Grand Prix at the Festival of Choreographic Collectives in Moscow. Her dance Wreath of Memories was performed by special invitation at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She has presented her work in Tanzania, France, Newfoundland, Belgium and throughout the United States. She has been selected to present work nationally and internationally for Dance St. Louis, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Women in Dance Leadership Conference, and World Dance Alliance. Her work, as well as her students’, has been regularly selected for the gala concerts at the American College Dance Association regional festivals.

Professor Johnson was the recipient of the James R. Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2002. Students comment that her inspiring teaching leaves them feeling empowered and that the welcoming atmosphere in class creates a safe space for everyone to achieve their aspirations.

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