Lorin Johnson began his training at the Pacific Dance Theatre in California, directed by Richard Gibson before becoming a full-scholarship student at the San Francisco Ballet School. He danced with the San Francisco Ballet from 1986-1987 before joining the American Ballet Theatre in New York in 1987 under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Johnson danced for ABT until 1995, performing eight seasons at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York as well as on national and international tours. Johnson created original roles in ballets by such renowned choreographers as Ulysses Dove, Clark Tippet and Agnes DeMille, among others, and he has worked with some of the 20th century’s most influential choreographers, including Glen Tetley, Kenneth Macmillan, Twyla Tharp, and Jerome Robbins. He has also performed as a guest artist with such companies as The New York City Ballet. Johnson is currently an Assistant Professor in the Dance Department at California State University, Long Beach, where he teaches courses in ballet technique and composition. His writings on dance have been published in academic journals and in such magazines as Dance International. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California.
John Pennington is the artistic director of the Pennington Dance Group and ARC Pasadena. He enjoyed a 14-year career with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as a performer and teacher, and now serves on faculty at Pomona College and Cal State Long Beach, and is co-director of the Lewitzky Dance Gallery.
Kanisha Brown Bennett
is a dancer, performer and choreographer, was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and began dancing as a liturgical dancer. She holds a BA in Dance from the University of California, Riverside and an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University. She has performed with the Gluck Contemporary Touring Ensemble, Phlava Dance Company and Dance Repertory Theatre. She has set works for Instruments of Praise School of Performing Arts. In 1999, Kanisha founded Generation Xpectation Hip-Hop Dance ministry, and served as director and choreographer for 8 years. Kanisha has worked and trained in the contemporary field with various artists including Jawole Zollar, Gerri Houlihan, Lynda Davis, Susan Rose, Wendy Rogers, Timothy Glenn, Alan Danielson and A'Keitha Carey. Kanisha performed and toured with Urban Bush Women during the 2010-2011 season, and is now excited to explore her own choreographic and teaching voice throughout the Los Angeles County.