Lorin Johnson trained at the Pacific Dance Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet School, studying with: Richard Gibson, Yehuda Maor, Tina Santos, Daniel Simmons, Larisa Sklyanskaya, Helen Coope, Henry Berg, Richard Cammack, Zola Dishong, Christine Bering, and Anatole Vilzak. He performed with the San Francisco Ballet before joining the American Ballet Theatre under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov, working with choreographers such as Agnes DeMille, Ulysses Dove, Kenneth Macmillan, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Twyla Tharp, Clark Tippet.
Johnson's choreography has been presented internationally, including at The Garage Museum in Moscow, Russia and at the Fabbrica Europa Dance Festival in Florence, Italy. Nationally, his work has been commissioned by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra at Segesrstrom Concert Hall; Celebrate Dance in Los Angeles; the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Invitational Dance Festival; the Laguna Dance Festival; the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, the Los Angeles Dance Invitational at the Ford Amphitheater and with LA Grand Ensemble at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. He has been artist in residence at Skidmore College, New York and at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) in Southern California.
Johnson has given master classes and lectures in the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, he gave a master class at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia (the former conservatory of George Balanchine)and lectured at various universities in St. Petersburg as a participant of the Diaghilev P.S. Arts Festival. Since 2004, Johnson has served on the faculty of the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive program, coordinating the Orange County program in 2013 and 2014. He is a certified teacher of the ABT National Training Curriculum and adjudicates west coast audition classes.
Johnson is a Professor in the Dance Department at California State University, Long Beach, where he teaches courses in technique, pedagogy and dance history. His writings on dance, including historical research, have been published in Dance International and Dance Teacher magazines, as well as in the peer-reviewed journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Routledge) and in Experiment and Musyka. In 2014, Johnson was the editor of Experiment No. 20, Kinetic Los Angeles: Russian èmigrès in the City of Self-Transformation, which presented research on Russian artists in Southern California. Johnson has been a pre-performance speaker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Los Angeles Music Center, and in 2013 served as Artistic Advisor for the Music Center’s festival LA’s Rite: Stravinsky, Innovation and Dance. Johnson has B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California.
Photo in graphic by Marc Rouyer