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To nurture dancers with comprehensive artistic education, enhancing understanding of cultural and social importance of the Arts, providing high quality technical training for all!
Brother and Sister Team Monica and Jerome Johnson return home to W-S after 25 years of combined professional careers, to offer High Quality dance instruction in a supportive environment with a gentle and holistic approach; offering advanced quality education, dance training, building character and self-esteem, discipline, passion, and creativity at MJID. The purpose of our Dance program is to enlighten the community and introduce to others how artist give, share, and unite in celebration building strong individuals and positive futures.
The two have been working in collaboration with the Thomas S Kenan Institute for the Arts, and Susan Jaffe, Dean of Dance at UNCSA, to build our Happy Hill Arts program. Both University of North Carolina School of the Arts alumni of the School of Dance -- Monica Johnson and Jerome Johnson -- are instructing students who excel to Professional dancers, Broadway Stars, and their students received full academic and Arts achievements and awards to many Universities, and Institutions around the globe! Of recent, one of our summer program students was invited to audition for the UNCSA dance prep school, immediately accepted and given a scholarship! In addition, multiple students both women and men from all over the U.S. and the globe continue to experience success in academics and Company performances alike stemming from MJID instruction!
The Johnson Family ! Talented in the field of all styles of Dance, Evelyn Johnson (mother) and her children Jerome Johnson and Monica Johnson are Professional Dancers, New York City Ballet and Croatian Ballet in Split Ballethnic Dance Atlanta Dance Companies to name a few Accolades.
American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Primary thru Level 5 Advanced Dance Instructor, Actress, Artistic Director, Artpreneur, Ballet Mistress, Choreographer, Company Member, Curriculum Developer, Entrepreneur and Fundraiser, National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Certified, Project Manager, Principal Ballerina
Monica Johnson is a scholar graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She was the Prima Ballerina for the Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta, Georgia, and Demetrius Klien in West Palm Beach, Florida. She works as a Guest Teacher with various institutions including Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DC), UNCSA of W-S, and additional Corporations and Non-Profit organizations.
Monica was Lead Ballet Mistress at The Washington Ballet Conservatory; and the Education Associate that established the first Ballet and Dance Conservatory classes for the more established students in pursuit of dance careers beyond high school. She specializes in teaching Ballet and Pointe along with all styles of dance with an international conservatory approach. She is dedicated to developing student desire in transitioning into artistic careers.
In addition: She works with church and community After School and Summer programs as a dancer teacher, programmer, dance director, curriculum coordinator and assessment specialist.
Ciara Loscombe’s Dance Instructor
A native of Syracuse, New York, Ciara Loscombe began her training at age two with the Syracuse Dance Company. At age eight, Ciara furthered her ballet training at Light of the World Ballet, where she joined the Youth Ballet Company and performed at various venues throughout New York. During her time there, Ciara formed her own movement group and performed around Syracuse. Currently attending UNCSA.
Born in Winston Salem , North Carolina. Jerome trained under the Melissa Hayden at the North Carolina School of the Arts Preparatory program and the Houston Ballet summer program under the direction of Ben Stevenson. He studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet and has performed professionally with The New York City Ballet and the National Ballet of Croatia. Jerome was awarded the prestigous Princess Grace Award in 2001. He danced roles at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in George Balanchine's Symphonie Concertante, Allegro Brilliante, Donizetti Variations. Twyla Tharp's Duece Coup; The Prince in The Nutcracker, Solor in La Bayadere, Paquita, Le Corsair, Albrecht in Giselle, Nebrada's Pentimento Nebrada, and Eddie Stierle's Lacrymosa. A prize winner at Prix de Lausanne (Expoir Award, 2001) he was awarded second prize at the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1998, and the National Foundation of Advancement in the Arts, 2000. Johnson joined New York City Ballet after attending the School of American Ballet mid year in 2001 as a member of the Corps de Ballet. Soloist roles include third theme in George Balanchine's Symphony in C; Goons in the Prodigal Son; fourth theme in Brahms Schoenberg Quartet; Run on in Piano Pieces, la Sonnambula, Hunter in Swan lake, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto #2; Sailor in Union Jack, Valse fantasies, Vienna Waltzes; Christopher Wheeldon's An American in Paris, dancer in Carousel (A dance); Peter Martin's Bach Concerto V; soloist in Chichester Psalms; Chris D' Amboise, Circle of Fifths; Susan Stroman's, Double Feature (A ballet in Two Acts) Jerome Robbins, The Four Season, The Goldberg Variations, Opus 19 (The Dreamer) Gino in West Side Story and Mauro Bigonzettis Vespro. Mr. Johnson danced with the The National Ballet of Croatia in 2011 and danced the principal role of Don Jose in Carmen, Napoli. Mr. Johnson taught at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts from 2013-2015.