Guest Artist Residency with Janet Johnson

Non CSU Dance Majors are required to register in advance. Click here to register. There is a $10 fee due at the start of class (please bring cash only to the start of class).

The residency will run from Oct. 17 – 21.  She will teach master classes daily:
Advanced Modern, M/W/F, 11 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., studio 101
Intermediate Modern, T/Th, 11 a.m – 12:40 p.m., studio 101
Improvisation, T/Th, 4-5:30 p.m., studio 107

As the founder of the Ormao Dance Company, Ms. Janet Johnson has brought a longed-for level of professional contemporary dance to Colorado Springs. She has introduced noted choreographers to the company and given young, emerging choreographers fertile ground to launch exciting new works. As a choreographer, She is a four-time recipient of the Pikes Peak Arts Council Award for Excellence in Choreography. After studying at the University of Wisconsin, she began dancing, teaching and choreographing in a variety of companies until founding Ormao Dance Company in 1990. Her belief in the inclusive nature of modern dance has created a company with depth of artistic expression, brilliance of technical skill, and given the Colorado Springs community a professional contemporary dance company to call their own.

  • 2014 Pikes Peak Arts Council award to The Ormao Dance Company and UCCS Peak FreQuency Creative Arts
  • Collective “Resistance and Rebellion: Remember the Past to Carve the Future” performance at GOCA 1420 as part of the multidisciplinary exhibit, “PROTEST!” Choreographers Janet Johnson & Mollie Wolf
  • 2012 Pikes Peak Arts Council award for ‘Worn Thin’
  • 2010 Bee an Arts Champion Award from the Bee Vradenburg Foundation
  • 2007 Pikes Peak Arts Council award for ‘Fusion’

About Ormao Dance Company:
Now in our 26th season, we are the resident professional dance company for Colorado Springs, sharing performances throughout the region and often times showing up in unusual places! We develop all ages and abilities with our inclusive dance classes. We educate in the public schools, offering students opportunities to explore combining dance and core subjects such as math through our Dance in Education programs.

Whereas many forms of dance are exclusive, contemporary/modern dance is by definition inclusive. Performances are collaborative and always original! Our classes and studios are non-competitive, and open to all people regardless of their ability and age. Our students develop unsurpassed skills in discipline, creativity, collaboration, and leadership.

Company Website and links:

“I will recreate a piece titled ‘Absolution’, an abstract investigation in floating and being released from that which not longer serves us in our lives. It is approximately 10 minutes in length and I use the sound score from Eric Whitacre titled ‘Cloudburst’.” – Jan Johnson.


Date: October 17, 2016 - October 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Cost: Non CSU Dance Majors are required to register in advance; $10 Fee

Organizer: Chung-Fu Chang
Phone: N/A

1400 Remington St.
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
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