ABOUT ME

Anna Johnston found her life passion and purpose at the age of 5 when on joining Coastal Dance Theatre on Australia’s Gold Coast, in all facets of dance (jazz, tap and ballet). Showcasing her natural talent for choreographing, teaching and performing early on, she initiated local dance groups at the age of just 12 and was selected to perform a Channel 10 televised duet on ‘Creative Generations - State Schools on Stage’ at the age of 14.

 

She has continued to establish a reputation as a powerhouse Choreographer, Performer and Teacher, recognised for energy and originality in all her creative, choreographing, producing and touring experience, both here in Australia and internationally.

 

Upon graduating Palm Beach Currumbin High’s ‘Dance Excellence Program’ in 2009, Anna was accepted into Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s ‘Velocity Dance Company’, further honing her performance craft in a variety of corporate gigs. In 2010 she joined Raw Dance Company’s Full Time Professional Dance Course, training in styles of Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Popping, Locking, Break, Afro Jazz, Samba, Dancehall and Musical Theatre, with the honour of landing the lead dancing/singing role of ‘Mimi Marquez’ in their production of ‘Rent’

 

Anna was the highest achieving RAW student that year, and contracted by the company in the following year as a Principal Dancer, Teacher and Creative Director, becoming highly sought after to deliver workshops & creative vision for schools and corporate events throughout Australia. Highly versatile and talented in all genres, she found her ‘joie de vivre’ however in jazz, from the fresh, hard-hitting commercial to the old school stylised.

 

In 2014, Anna was selected as a Principal Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer for Brisbane’s well-known Mad Dance House Agency, and performed high energy gigs as a member of the Brisbane Broncos Cheer Squad. However, her biggest achievement to date has been as 1 of 20 dancers selected to represent the Gold Coast and perform alongside Jessica Mauboy at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony.


In 2015, she ran away with the circus, performing high energy dance and acro in Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s ‘Circus X-treme’, in 40 US cities. On return to Australia Anna got her creative juices flowing again as Choreographer for 2 consecutive St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace Musicals, and Choreographer/Dance Assistant 3 years running for Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage - QLD's largest youth & multiple MEA award-winning performing arts event.

 

Most recently, she impressed audiences with her choreography for the huge Creative Generations 2017 Opening, the Women’s Legal Service cast in ‘Dancing CEO’s’, and the sold-out ‘Pink Matter Dance’ show celebrating Female Empowerment.

 

Highly conceptual and with an undeniable zest, Anna has brought large scale productions from the drawing board to the stage for corporate clients such as Lorna Jane, Mountain Designs, BMW, Suncorp, Footlocker, and various fashion brands, as well as working with Gold Coast and Brisbane City Councils.

 

Nothing brings her more joy than the creative process - thinking of new ways to showcase talent, products, & services, and she has a knack for creating the big celebration on-stage, teaching clients something new along the way.

© 2017 By Anna Leah Johnston.

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