Louis Johnson

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Louis Johnson and Maurice Hines

Maurice Hines and Louis Johnson


Louis Johnson, Steve Carter, and Edmund Cambridge.
Photo courtesy of Clinton Turner Davis.

George Faison, Andy Torres, and Louis Johnson.  Photo courtesy of Andy Torres

Lee Summers, Franz Jones, Leslie Dockery, Bruce Hawkins, Louis Johnson, Jeffery V. Thompson, Maurice Hines Jr and Natalie Carter-Prince.

Lee Summers, Franz Jones, Leslie Dockery, Bruce Hawkins, Louis Johnson, Jeffery V. Thompson, Maurice Hines Jr, and Natalie Carter-Prince.

Adrian Bailey, Bruce Heath, Martial Roumain, Dyane Harvey-Salaam, Bruce Hawkins, Ted D Williams, Brian Anthony Johnson, and George Faison at Faison Firehouse Theater.

Allison Williams Foster, Fred Benjamin. Ted D Williams, Louis Johnson and Brenda Braxton

Dyane Harvey, Mabel Robinson, and Louis Johnson

Dr. Glory Van Scott, Denise Du Maine, Nikki Williams, Rhonda McLean-nur, David Robertson and Melony McGant with Louis Johnson

Carol Maillard,  Louise Robinson, Abdel Salaam, Dyane Harvey-Salaam, and David Robertson at Symphony Space.,

Abdel Salaam and Louis Johnson

Debbie Allen, Louis Johnson, George Faison
Actress and dancer Debbie Allen, Director and choreographer Louis Johnson and dancer George Faison attend AHF and Debbie Allen Present Keeping the Promise-1,000,000 Lives In Care: Celebrating Icons of Dance at The Apollo Theater on November 30, 2018 in New York City.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 50th Anniversary opening night celebration. Honoring the Legacy of Arthur Mitchell (2019) – George Faison, Melony McGant, Dr. Glory Van Scott, and Louis Johnson

“As an active arts educator and teacher, Louis Johnson has conducted Black arts symposiums at Yale, Howard, Virginia State, Hampton Institute and Morehouse College. In 1986 he was appointed the director of the Dance Division of the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side. He has retired.” 

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Productions Dates of Productions
Play On! [Original, Musical] Mar 20, 1997 – May 11, 1997
  • Creative Consultant: Louis Johnson
Treemonisha [Original, Musical, Opera] Oct 21, 1975 – Dec 14, 1975
  • Choreographed by Louis Johnson
  • Also Starring: The Louis Johnson Dance Theatre [Treemonisha Dancer]
Purlie [Revival, Musical, Comedy] Dec 27, 1972 – Jan 7, 1973
  • Choreographed by Louis Johnson
Lost in the Stars [Revival, Musical, Tragedy] Apr 18, 1972 – May 21, 1972
  • Choreographed by Louis Johnson
Les Blancs [Original, Play] Nov 15, 1970 – Dec 19, 1970
  • Ritual: Louis Johnson
Purlie [Original, Musical, Comedy] Mar 15, 1970 – Nov 6, 1971
  • Choreographed by Louis Johnson
Hallelujah, Baby! [Original, Musical] Apr 26, 1967 – Jan 13, 1968
  • Performer: Louis Johnson
    • Ensemble – Replacement
  • Understudy: Louis Johnson
    • Tip – Replacement
    • Tap – Replacement
Kwamina [Original, Musical] Oct 23, 1961 – Nov 18, 1961
  • Performer: Louis Johnson [Dancer]
House of Flowers [Original, Musical] Dec 30, 1954 – May 21, 1955
  • Performer: Louis Johnson [Townsperson]
My Darlin’ Aida [Original, Musical] Oct 27, 1952 – Jan 10, 1953
  • Performer: Louis Johnson [Dancer]
Four Saints in Three Acts [Revival, Musical, Opera] Apr 16, 1952 – Apr 27, 1952
  • Performer: Louis Johnson [Dancer]
  • Dunning, Jennifer. “Louis Johnson: ‘I Love Dance–Any Kind of Dance’.” NEW YORK TIMES, September 28, 1975, Sec. 2, p. 6. Goodman, Saul. “Brief Biographies: Louis Johnson.” DANCE MAGAZINE (August 1956). Source Citation: “Louis Johnson.” ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE AND HISTORY. 5 vols. Macmillan, 1996. Reprinted by permission of Gale Group.
 Photo Credit: Tom Scott
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LINKS & References 






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





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