Julie B. Johnson, Phddance artistEducator
A little bit about me...
As a dance artist and educator, I work in the intersections of creative practice and research, African Diaspora movement aesthetics, community interaction, and social justice to discover ways that dance can serve as a practice of inquiry, empathy, and empowerment.
I am Founding Artistic Director of Moving Our Stories, LLC, using participatory dance and embodied memory mapping to amplify the lived experiences, histories, and bodily knowledge of Black women (and all who identify as such) as a strategy towards building collective collective liberation and restoration for all.
I am proud to be a faculty member at Spelman College in the Department of Dance Performance & Choreography and honored to serve as Department Chair I serve as a co-founder/consulting editor of The Dancer-Citizen -- an online, open-access, peer-reviewed dance journal exploring the work of socially engaged artists.
I am honored to be a 2022 Dance/USA Artist Fellow, and a Partners for Change Artist as part of the inaugural 2020-23 cohort through Alternate ROOTS and the Surdna Foundation. I am the recipient of the inaugural Mellon-Funded Mini Research Grant through Spelman College’s Institute for Gender & Sexuality Studies (2021). As a 2021 Distinguished Artist-in-Resident at the Hambidge Center, I received a Georgia Council on the Arts Scholarship for a two-week stay at the center to synthesize embodied research through writing and creative practice.
I am a member of the 2020-21 cohort of the Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion Institute, as well as a recipient of the 2019 Arbes Award, the 2019 Black Spatial Relics Residency Award; and the 2018-19 Hughley Artist Fellowship.
I earned a PhD in Dance Studies at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, researching meanings and experiences of ‘community’ in Philadelphia-based West African Dance classes.
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