Up Close and Personal with Ryan Johnson of SOLE Defined
June 11, 2020 2:30 PM in  Eastern Time (US and Canada)

TJ will sit down with Ryan Johnson, Artistic Director of SOLE Defined, to explore their reasons for pursuing a Showcasing opportunity even when finances and certainty are limited. They will also discuss how Ryan's work, which lies at the intersections of black culture and dance, can exist in a predominantly white and theatre-centric sector.
Ryan Johnson is an award-winning performing artist and Founding Artistic Director of SOLE Defined Percussive Dance Company. Johnson seeks to provoke, inspire, and hold space for cultural conversation and reflection by presenting historically informed, intellectually demanding, and genre-infused performance and community dance engagement activities. Johnson’s performance career includes Beatles LOVE and One Drop by Cirque Du Soleil, Off-Broadway show STOMP, soloist for the world-renown Step Afrika!resident tap dancer for The Washington Ballet’s “The Great Gatsby” and in the Tony Award-winning show After Midnight created by Jack Viertel and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with NCL Productions. 
As a virtuosic creator, Johnson has been commissioned to create new works, lead workshops, and present lecture demonstrations at universities, dance festivals, and conventions. His choreographic career includes the 2010 Season Premier of Extreme Makeover Home Edition starring Raven-Symone. The International Body Music Festival in Brazil, New York City Tap Festival: Tap International, and Cirque Du Soleil with The Nevada Ballet’s “A Choreographers’ Showcase”. Johnson has led cultural exchange performances and workshops throughout Africa, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia in partnership with the United States Cultural Affair Department. @rkj.dance
Resources to Support the Movement for Black Lives
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On May 27th, 2020, Tony McDade, a black LGBTQ person, was shot and killed by a Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) officer. This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, and to assist Tony's family in the days to come as they continue to seek justice for Tony. All funds collected on this website will be withdrawn to a designated family member (Tony's mother).
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Virginia Antonipillai, Fjoralba Qerimaj, Rodrigo Fuentes, Sabirah Mahmud, and Landon Robinson on last weeks Youth Led Panel moderated by Marisol Rosa-Shapiro
Thank you to all the youth and community present last week at our Youth Panel, Speak On It. We continue to be so grateful for the opportunity to learn from young artists and organizers. Thank you for being an audience to the voices of the future.
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