Rebecca Johnson- Apprentice
Rebecca Johnson (Burlington) is a North Carolina native and alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a BFA in dance. Her love for dance started before she could even walk and was heavily influenced by her four older sisters whom she idolized and copied. Growing up, she was actively involved in studio classes and taught ballet and jazz to the younger students. She spent her first two years of college at Appalachian State University where she realized dance was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She decided to transfer to UNC Greensboro in 2014 so that she could further her dance education and have more performance opportunities. For the first time, she was introduced to codified dance techniques such as safety release, Graham, Cunningham, and contact improvisation which influence her style greatly today. She was cast in "Conversations," choreographed by Nathan Trice, which was later selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. through the American Collegiate Dance Association. The following year she was selected by her professor, Duane Cyrus, to perform in Martha Graham's "Prelude to Action" at the Joyce Theater in New York as part of the University Partners Showcase. She has participated in the American Dance Festival's six week program and teaches regularly at Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts to students of all ages. This is Rebecca's first season with JOYEMOVEMENT as an apprentice.