Rosemary Johnson is executive director of the Alabama Dance Council, a statewide dance service organization working in partnership with the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Dr. Johnson has a 24 year history as a performing arts presenter – 10 years as a multidisciplinary presenter and 14 years as a dance presenter and producer of the Alabama Dance Festival. She initiated presenting nationally- and internationally-renowned dance companies at the Festival, including Donald Byrd/The Group, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Philadanco, Rennie Harris Puremovement, River North Chicago, Bridgman|Packer Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Battleworks Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company as part of the Legacy Tour, Ron K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Brazz Dance Theatre, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Koresh Dance Company, and Jessica Lang Dance. Dr. Johnson is currently serving as the lead consultant/facilitator for the South Arts' Dance Touring Initiative, a three year program offering professional development and block-booking opportunities to dance presenters in the Southeast.
She is a past chair of the Service Organization Council for Dance/USA and serves on the Dance/USA Board of Trustees. She served as administrative consultant for the Alabama Ballet from May-September 2011 during the search for a new executive director, and provides administrative oversight for Southern Danceworks, Alabama’s oldest professional modern dance company, as managing director.
She was a participant in the 2004 Leadership Forum at Jacob’s Pillow and is an active member of Dance/USA and the National Dance Education Organization, and regularly attends the National Performance Network’s Annual Meeting as a colleague. Dr. Johnson was recipient of the 2004 Artist Fellowship in Arts Administration from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and has served on the NEA’s grant review panel for dance, and on grant panels for South Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
In addition to her arts administration experience, Dr. Johnson is a professional music educator and performer, with Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance. In April 2011, she was the pianist for the Alabama Ballet’s American Masterpieces Program reconstructing two Agnes de Mille ballets, Three Virgins and a Devil and The Other.
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