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Artistic Director of SOLE Defined

Credits include: STEP Afrika | STOMP | The Washington Ballet | The Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil | Broadway's After Midnight on NCL

DC Metro Award Winner: Outstanding Solo Performance 

MSAC: Outstanding Choreography 

April 16-23

Monday, 6-7:30 Capitol Hill *no class that day, DCPS closed

Tuesday, 5:30-7 Capitol Hill *Shannon will open studio at 5

Wednesday, 5-6:30 Knock on Wood *Shannon will open studio at 4:30

Thursday, 4:30-6 Capitol Hill *Shannon will open studio at 3:45 for after school kids*

Thursday, 7-8:30 Capitol Hill *adult


More about Ryan: 

Ryan “Theseus” Johnson (@rkj.dance) Johnson believes that he was created to perform, entertain, and use the arts to enhance the lives of people globally. He credits his passion for the arts to his mother, Vanessa Jackson, tap teacher Mary Slater and gives all the glory to God for allowing him to learn and share the art of dance. He is a virtuosic performer, choreographer and artistic director of SOLE Defined. He is a well-known national and international performer who has been called “purely amazing” by Septime Weber, Director of the Hong Kong Ballet. At the tender age of fourteen, Johnson started his professional journey in the arts by performing with greats such as Gregory Hines and Marvin Hamlisch. Johnson made history in 2010 by becoming the first tap dancer to win the DC Metro Dance Awards: Outstanding Solo Performance. That same year, Johnson was a finalist for the DC Metro Emerging Artist Award. 

Ryan Johnson has performed in The Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil as Sugar Plum, and One Drop by Cirque Du Soleil under the direction of Mukhtar Omar Sharif Muktar. He was in the NYC cast and touring cast of the hit show STOMP where he played Particle Man and Ringo. For six years of his career, Johnson was the soloist and production manager for the world renown step company Step Afrika!, and the resident tap dancer for The Washington Ballet’s “The Great Gatsby.” Johnson performed in the Tony Award winning show After Midnight created by Jack Viertel and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with NCL Productions.

He was the lead choreographer for the 2010 Season Premier of Extreme Makeover Home Edition in Baltimore, MD starring Raven-Symone. Johnson premiered new works at the International Body Music Festival in Brazil, New York City Tap Festival: Tap International, and Cirque Du Soleil with The Nevada Ballet’s “A Choreographers’ Showcase” in Las Vegas. Of this performance, the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote, “Urban Jungle: The Village, by Ryan Johnson of The Beatles LOVE, is a burst of pure feeling, the most infectious entry of the program.” 

Johnson has taught workshops, master classes, and lecture demonstrations at universities, dance festival and conventions worldwide. Festivals include LA Tap Festival, Motor City Tap Festival, ATDF Tap City and many more. He has been contracted by US Embassies to participate in cultural exchange performances and workshops throughout Africa, North America, South America, and South East Asia. 

In 2011, Johnson co-founded SOLE Defined, an award-winning dance company that takes an exciting twist on theater and percussive dance. The Washington Post has
noted SOLE Defined as performing “the coolest number of the night with its high-stepping and toe tapping blend of styles.” Under the Artistic Direction of Johnson, SOLE Defined has performed on stages both nationally and internationally including The Lincoln Center, DancEncore, Jacobs Pillow, The Kennedy Center, and The World Children’s Festival in Turin, Italy. SOLE Defined brings musical theater, stepping, singing, tap dance, sand dance, and vocal percussion to the stage for a power-packed hour and fifteen-minute performance. 

For more information on Ryan K. Johnson, please visit: www.rkjdance.com. 


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