Patrick Johnson, former School Director of the Grand Rapids Ballet, has had a successful and rewarding dance career. As a result of his international exposure as a performer and a teacher, Patrick Johnson has reached thousands of people of all ages, from inner city youth to world renowned political leaders. His dance studies include work with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, New York Conservatory and the Dance Theater of Harlem where he trained under some of the best dance masters in the world. In 1988, Mr. Johnson joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s professional company, quickly becoming one of their leading dancers. Mr. Johnson has also worked with internationally renowned choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, Glen Tetley, Michael Smuin, Billy Wilson, Louis Johnson, Garth Fagan and Alonzo King. He has performed works by George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Valerie Bettis, John McFall and Robert North. Mr. Johnson has given command performances for Nelson Mandela, Vice President Al Gore, Jr. and Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and the late Princess Diana. Mr. Johnson has appeared as a guest artist with numerous companies, including The Grand Rapids Ballet.
His television credits include Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Creole Giselle, Basketball/Dance for Sports Illustrated, the internationally acclaimed PBS-Children’s Television Workshop’s Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street, as well as several television commercials. Mr. Johnson’s Broadway credits include: The Metropolitan Opera production of “Porgy and Bess” and the Joseph Papp/Shubert Organization’s “A Celebration of Paul Robeson.” By special invitation, he has been a guest lecturer at both Columbia University in New York and Grand valley State University in Michigan.