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 Executive Artistic Director of Moving Our Stories, LLC, using participatory dance, memory mapping, and interactive site-specific performance to amplify Black women -- and the communities, histories, and experiences that shape the world around us -- as a strategy towards building collective empathy, empowerment, and joy 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 am also affiliated faculty of the African Diaspora & the World program. 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 have been selected as a Partners for Change Artist as part of the inaugural 2020-23 cohort through Alternate ROOTS and the Surdna Foundation, in support of Idle Crimes & Heavy Work (ICHW), a dance and multimedia collaboration focusing on Georgia’s carceral history through the lens of Black women’s labor. I am also the recipient of the inaugural Mellon-Funded Mini Research Grant through Spelman College’s Institute for Gender & Sexuality Studies. As a 2021 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 ICHW research through writing and creative process.
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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