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Torens L. Johnson

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Torens L. Johnson is a native of Smithfield, VA.  He matriculated from Governor’s Magnet School of the Performing Arts (Norfolk, VA), and continued pursuing higher learning in dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center as a certificate student (New York, New York).  Mr. Johnson excelled at Alvin Ailey and after completing his certificate program, he was invited on to perform with the national and internationally known Ailey II, which is a part of the Ailey Organization. He is currently serving as the Deputy Director of Ailey Camp National.

Mr. Johnson has also performed with the Stephanie Powell DansEnsemble, ClancyWorks Dance Theater, Edgeworks Dance Theatre, Wylliams/Henry Dance Company and Tony Powell Music & Movement. 

Mr. Johnson completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Towson University while serving as Instructor of Dance with Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School (Baltimore, MD), where he worked with grades K through 12.  He then took his knowledge of dance and movement back to Missouri where he became Director of Dance at Paseo Academy of the Fine & Performing Arts, while also obtaining his certification in Dance at the University of Missouri (St. Louis, MO). 

Mr. Johnson then returned to Maryland and worked as a freelance educator, choreographer, and performer for Anne Arundel Community College, George Mason University, Morgan State University, and the Friends School of Baltimore. He earned his MFA in choreography through Wilson College (Chambersburg, PA) in May 2020. Mr. Johnson joins the Department of Theatre & Dance at Texas State University as an Assistant Professor of Dance.