Johanna Sapakie - Guest Teacher
Johanna's passion for dance and love for choreography have always played an important role in her life. Her diligent work ethic and dedication to the craft have gotten her far in the ever-expanding worlds of dance and entertainment. While coming from a strong ballet background, Johanna is an athletic dancer schooled in a variety of forms including jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, tap, modern, partnering, point work and aerial acrobatics. She was trained from a very young age and has worked with such master teachers as Joe Tremaine, Debbie Allen, Liz Imperio, Marguerite Derricks, Wade Robson and Savion Glover.
More recently, on the performance side of her career, Johanna has been involved in many projects on stage and on camera including the newest Cirque Du Soleil show "Viva ELVIS" in Las Vegas with Vincent Patterson, the Arabesque Festival at the Kennedy Center, "One Love..." with Franco Dragone, "Songs of Soul and Inspiration" with, among others, Debbie Allen, Queen Latifah and Chaka Khan, MEIFF with Otis Salid,The MTV Movie Awards, Slime Time Live, Radio Disney Live,The Rosie O'Donnell Show, New Year’s Eve Live at Mandalay Bay, the first animated ring tone for "Boom di Boom di", shows with EMI recording artist Oryon, a music video for EMI Latin Recording artist Jennifer Peña, Jazz Dance World Congress 2001-2004 & 2007, “The Professional Dancers’ Society Benefit” with Liz Imperio, “Steps in Time” with Travis Payne, the grand opening of "The Highlands" with Alex Magno, “The Closing“ and “Bound” with Terry Beeman, the Hysterica Dance Company with Bubba Carr, “NY’s Performance Outlet” with Dee Caspary, Gucci, Redken, Volvo and Tarbell Realty industrials, a Rhino Records Commercial, photography for the Dance Resource Center and much more. Currently, Johanna is a member of Liz Imperio’s Instincts Live Media Dance Companywhich has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and Mark Meismer‘s newly formed Evolution Dance Company.
With her choreography, Ms. Sapakie has worked on the "Miley Cyrus: Live in Concert 2009", "The Gioi Tinh Yeu" with ASIA Music Group, “Michael Jackson: A Tribute to the King of Pop” and “Michael Jackson at B.B. King’s Club”, Jean Ann Ryan cruise lines, the Upper Manhattan Lounge, “Jazz Dance L.A.”, promotional showcases for EMI recording artist Oryon, and choreography for professional dance companies, studios and schools around the world and much more.
Also, Johanna has been an associate choreographer for Madonna: The Confessions Tour and Madonna: The Reinvention Tour, “Latin on Ice” for NBC, "Your Mama Don't Dance" for Lifetime Television, Filippa Giordano: The Prima Donna Tour, Premio Lo Nuestro, the Latin Grammy Awards, the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the feature film “Dus”, industrials, burlesque shows, animated ringtones, showcases and performances for recording artists Olga Tañon, Aventura, Jenni Rivera, Los Tigres Del Norte, Nonny and Alexandra Monir and routines for the Los Angeles Clippers, to name a few.
Along with performing and choreographing, Johanna takes much pride in her teaching. While always trying to expand her horizons, she teaches all forms of dance including jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop and tap. She has taught at studios all around the world for children and adults of all levels and abilities. Johanna also enjoyed teaching as part of the LADF faculty. She is currently sharing her knowledge and love for dance at Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood and Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy in Culver City, as well as many other places.
Most recently, Johanna has found a new love in the world of aerial acrobatics including tissu, lyra, straps, hammock, poles and cube. She has already performed all over North and South America and the Middle East and is excited to add these new media to her credits.