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Quynn Johnson

Quynn Johnson

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Phone
202-688-5827
Artistic Category

Literary Arts, Performing Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
2017

Artist Statement

As a performing artist, teaching artist and author I am most excited to combine my passion for dance and reading. It's with this passion that I wrote the children's book, Lucky's Tap Dancing Feet. Lucky's Tap Dancing Feet is a children's book about a horse that wants to tap dance, but with four huge feet, Lucky is sure to face some challenges.

Artist Bio

Performing Artist. Teaching Artist. Author.

Quynn Johnson, a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., is a native of Flint, Michigan. Nicknamed the Sole Rebelle, Ms. Johnson has studied dance under masters of Tap and West African dance. Quynn is not only a dancer, but is a skilled and talented performer and author.  

Ms. Johnson, a multi-award winning performing artist, has been described as having a “deliciously buoyant movement quality and a natural organic rhythm.”  In 2014, she won the Individual Artist Award for Dance Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council. Quynn’s newest production, SOLE Defined (co-created with Ryan Johnson) is a show with incredible fusion of tap dance and body percussion. SOLE Defined has been presented at Jacobs Pillow, The John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, four times at the INTERSECTIONS Festival, and Danse Encore Festival in Canada. 

Quynn was a featured soloist in The Washington Ballet production of “The Great Gatsby” at The Kennedy Center and at The Source Festival. She has also performed at The Lincoln Center on Broadway, in Cirque du Soliel’s “Mosaic” production in Washington, D.C., the National Tap Extravaganza in New York, Tapology Festival for Youth, the International Festival del Folklorico in Buenaventura, Colombia, and the Festival del Pacifico in Cali, Colombia. In addition, Quynn has toured Peru as part of the International Festival de Cajon Peruano. Ms. Johnson has several national awards in recognition for her choreography and was named the #1 Tap Choreographer for youth 12 and under, by the state of Maryland in 2006.

In 2011, Quynn became a self-published author of her first children’s book  “Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet,” an exciting story about a horse who wanted to learn how to tap dance. Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet premiered to sold out audiences in 2013 & 2014 at the INTERSECTIONS Festival in Washington, DC.