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Blog by: George V Johnson Jr
Executive Director & Founder
Washington DC Jazz Network
Co-Founder of the Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre
George V Johnson III @ 6
It's the best show in town
We need A MIRACLE
Support The Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre Today!
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Unless we can raise $10,000 by July 10, 2013 the Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre will be sold in a Sheriff's Sale
Total raised so far... $3,540
We need $6,460 to save the school
One Check can do it!
Published on Jun 25, 2013
The Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre was founded in 1990 to introduce aspiring dancers and performers from the Mercer County area to the world of dance. For over 23 years WJDT has been a community staple and interacted in the lives of thousands of young people, giving them an outlet to not only express themselves through the fine arts but also build lifelong relationships. Under the direction of Ms Carol, WJDT has won many national competitions and groomed some of the finest dancers in the area, many of whom have gone on to dance professionally. Unless we can raise $10,000 by July 10, 2013 the Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre will be sold in a Sheriff's Sale and closing it's doors forever. In today's times where more and more fine arts programs are being cut and our children have less programs to keep them off the streets we can not afford to lose this gem within our community. Please give your donation to help Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre continue to touch the lives of aspiring dancers as the premier dance institution in Trenton, NJ.
This is an all or nothing...This is an all or nothing goal . If we do not reach it you will not be charged. Please help us reach our goal one dollar at a time!!! #helpsaveWJDT
Artistic Director - Founder
B.F.A. Howard University 1980
A Member of the Washington DC Jazz Network
Available for Bookings
Tours , Concert Halls, Theaters, Museums, Performing Arts Centers
Festivals, Schools, Universities, Workshops etc.
Ballet - Pointe - Tap - Modern - Jazz - Hip Hop
PAST PERFORMANCES AND STUDENTS
1015 Prospect Street
A few former members who've gone on to Stardom
THE UNDENIABLE BRANDEE STEPHENS
Brandee Stephens (left)- Fergie (center)
Brandee joined the Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre at the age of 8. After a move to Atlanta, GA, she auditioned to perform with then Lil' Bow-Wow and got the spot as a dancer for his tour. Over the years, Brandee has had the opportunity to perform with a plethora of recording artists sucha as Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Ne-Yo and the Blackeye Peas. She is now making her mark in the dance world as a dancer/choreographer for the pop sensation Fergie, touring the world, performing in major concerts. Brandee has also appeared on television and in music videos.
Shayla-Vie Jenkins 10 yrs old 2nd season at Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre "A Star in the Making"
Currently a member of the
Now ranked by Dance Magazine as one of the top 25 dancers in the world
Shayla-Vie Jenkins, originally from Ewing, NJ, began dance training at Watson Johnson Dance Theater and Mercer County Performing Arts School. In 2004, she graduated with honors from Fordham University. She has performed with The Kevin Wynn Collection, Nathan Trice Rituals, The Francesca Harper Project and Yaa Samar Dance Theater. In 2008, she was featured in Dance Magazine’s “On The Rise” performers. Ms. Jenkins joined the Company in 2005.
Trenton dancer steps into $100,000, sheds over 63 pounds on television show
LaToya James began dancing at the Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre at age 10
and continue up to college (Howard University). She later became a teacher and
recently open her own dancing school.
When the competition began June 7, James weighed 217 pounds.
By Monday’s finale, she had shed 63.6 pounds.
That, and her combined dance scores, made her the clear-cut winner.
Throughout the years Ms. Carol has worked in many
productions as actress, dancer and choreographer touring cities in the U.S. and Europe
Bring the Gospel to your organization!
School performances include churches, colleges, universities,
fraternities, musicals, festivals, concerts, civic organizations and
George III, Nadir & Tahir Johnson
The Johnson Boyz
HUSH, hush, somebody's callin my name...
oh my Lord, what shall I do...what shall i do?
Many of her former students have gone to dance with some of the most prestigious dance companies in America from Bill T. Jones, Philadanco, Alvin Ailey, Major Hip Hop Artist & Cheerleaders for Profession basketball and football teams across America!
I teach Zumba @ Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre
Call studio for info: 609-403-8476 or 609-937-2201
ULYSSES DOVE - RIP
Ulysses Dove (1947 - 1996) was one of the most innovative contemporary choreographers of the past half century.
Dove was born January 17, 1947 in Columbia, South Carolina. He began his dance training at Boggs Academy in Georgia. Dove gave up his premedical studies at Howard University to transfer the University of Wisconsin and study dance with Xenia Chilistwa of the Ballet "Kirov Ballet". He then transferred to Bennington College where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in dance in 1970. He then moved to New York City and was offered a scholarship to Merce CunninghamSchool as well as a position in the company. While in New York he performed for Mary Anthony, Pearl Lang, and Anna Sokolow. Alvin Ailey asked Dove to join his company in 1973 after seeing Dove perform in Sokolow's Rooms. Dove soon became Alvin Ailey's principle dancer and became renowned for his ability to command the stage with a powerful and dramatic clarity. His choreographic debut came in 1979 with the piece "I see the moon…. and the moon sees me." He then left Alvin Ailey the following year and became the assistant director at the Groupe de Recherche Choreographique de l'Opéra de Paris from 1980 to 1983. Dove then became a freelance choreographer, working for companies such as the Dutch National Ballet, the Basal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet,and the London Festival Ballet.
Friend, Teacher - Choreographer WDJN
(Both killed in a auto accident)
GEORGE V JOHNSON JR
Director & Founder
Washington DC Jazz Network
Exploring America's Classical Music "Jazz"
It's African American Legacy and Heritage
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