I remember being utterly mesmerized while watching a ballet performance; the first time I'd ever seen this type of dance. I was 5 years old and the rented video was labeled 'Swan Lake'. I told my mum that I wanted to learn to dance and weeks later I was sporting a black leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers with my hair slicked back into an immovable bun (the original "bun-of-steel") along with other little ballerina hopefuls in the class. Ballet was the only form of dance that was offered in my little hometown of Lae, Papua New Guinea.
Ballet has been my foundation but I love to learn different styles. I studied ballet until I was 15. I left home and moved to Hawaii, USA after graduating from high school and trained in modern/contemporary for the first time. There I joined Double Portion dance company for about a year.
I've dabbled in tap and found a love for hip hop along the way. I've been a teacher of dance at different junctures in my life between raising 4 children. In the last 6 years I have performed contemporary pieces here and there with some amazing women, my friends for life, from Portrait d'Ame dance company.
My passion to dance comes from a deep desire to satisfy my soul's longing to worship God. It's one of the best ways I know how...
Amy Johnson lives in Greeley, Colorado with her husband and two children, ages 14 and 15. She graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Dance.
Amy is the Director of Union Colony Children's Music Academy and has taught dance for over 30 years. During the past 10 years, she has been involved with dance ministry locally and throughout Colorado. she loves the opportunity to share two loves, dance and her faith.
jenn is the founder and director of vertical movement and 1136 ministries and is passionate about the fusion dance and faith - and believes that dance is a powerful artform of communication to God and others.
she has directed 1136, Portrait d'Ame Dance Company, Chrysalis Dance Company, the Inspire Arts Conference (2006 - 2008) and the dance classes for the Saying Yes Conference. she also currently leads "dance (hope) project."
she has taught dance for several years in a ministry setting, studio setting, and conferences/workshops.
as a miltary family (with three boys) - they are on the move every few years, facing challenges and new opportunities. they are currently located in panama city, florida.