Louis Johnson

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Louis Johnson ***** 👑

{3/19/1930 – 3/31/2020}


Today is a special day we committed Louis Johnson’s ashes to the cathedral at St. Johns Divine… what a wonderful ceremony.” – June 14, 2021

Dr. Glory Van Scott Presents The Private Committal Service for Louis Johnson, Legendary Choreographer, Dancer, and Director.

Program held on June 14th, 2021 at The Columbarium, St. Ansgar Chapel, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Special Thanks from Dr. Glory Van Scott to Her Guests and All Who Honor Mr. Louis Johnson

George Wein.
Drummers Auchie Lee, Pamela Patrick, and Michael Mustafa Ulmer.
Dr. Carol Maillard and Dr. Louise Robinson founding members of Sweet Honey In the Rock.
Chapman Roberts, Ray Naccari piano, Clyde Bullard, bass, vocalists Toni Foy, Jaquetta MacMurray, Angel Rose, and Raun Ruffin.
Zita Allen and The New York Amsterdam News for the use of their obituary of Mr. Louis Johnson.
David Robertson for quotes from his film-in-progress “Up In The Air”.
Jennifer B. Lee. The Rev. Canon Steven Lee, Hope Chang, Adrienne Laws, and the team at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
Norma Jean Darden and Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too.
Leonard Buggs, technical director, Natalie Cruz, Jose Cruz, and Fauzi Ulmer, technical assistants.
Jean Miller and Joan Peters.
Richard Conde, photographer. Lee Gretenstein, administrative assistant, and Rev. Melony McGant, coordinating director, Dr. Glory Van Scott Productions.

Please Mark Your Calendars for a Public Tribute Celebration of Mr. Louis Johnson on Saturday, March 19th, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Free and Open to the Public.

CORPS de Ballet International, Inc. 23rd Annual International Conference

On Tuesday, July 6th at 7:00 PM EST CORPS de Ballet International will posthumously recognize and celebrate this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awardee – internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director – Mr. Louis Johnson.
Mr. Johnson trained at Jones-Haywood Dance School in Washington, D.C. prior to studying at the School of American Ballet in New York City. One of the early pioneers of African-Americans dancing ballet, he was known for his classical technique, athleticism, and illustrious career on stage, Broadway, and screen. Johnson choreographed for noted companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Philadanco. His Broadway credits include “Damn Yankees,” “Treemonisha,” and “Purlie,” along with screen credits in “Cotton Comes to Harlem” and “The Wiz”. Johnson went on to establish himself as a choreographer and director for dance, opera, and film. He made history as the first African-American choreographer for the Metropolitan Opera’s “Aida”, taught at Yale University, and is credited with starting the formal dance department at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
For those interested in only attending the Lifetime Achievement Award celebration, contact Leah Bailey at lcauley@fsu.edu. Space is limited.
Visit corps-de-ballet.org for conference information and registration.

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LINKS & References 




Getty Images – NYPL (Photos) 

New York Theater

Photos: courtesy of Louis Johnson

Photos: courtesy of Houston Grand Opera Archives




www.pbs.org/wnet/freetodance/biographies/ljohnson.html (Thomas F. DeFrantz)