Alina Johnson

Ballet Program Director, Owner, Core B/C Faculty, PBT Certified, Vaganova Certified

Alina Johnson comes to our Academy studios from Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan. From the age of 5, she danced locally in the “Kuanamin” dance studio with training in ballet, character, modern, contemporary, and ballroom dance styles. She studied Choreography at the Kazakh National University of Arts and graduated with High Degree Honors and a Bachelor's degree from the Kazakh National Academy of Choreography. During her education, she danced professionally, traveled, and participated in dance competitions. She received top awards in the International Competition, “Fiestalonia Kazakhstan” and is driven to inspire our students by sharing her depth of knowledge in this amazing art form through her experience in teaching and choreography.

Ms. Alina moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 2016 and shortly after felt an immediate connection to Ms. Julie and the Academy. After teaching Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Character, Progressing Ballet Technique classes and being part of the office team and manager of the Dance Shoppe for several seasons, Ms. Alina will continue to provide exceptional service to the Academy families and grace us with her knowledge and experience as a teacher and now part-owner of the Academy.

In addition to dance, this past year Ms. Alina was blessed with a son, Thomas, with her now late husband. Little Thomas is a big part of the Academy family and you might get a peek at his beautiful smile every now and then in the studio.

Ms. Alina believes that professional education can be provided by inspiring ways of teaching and strong technical knowledge. She protects and supports her students’ growth physically and internally. Her dream was to be able to create masterpieces on stage, to deliver a magical experience to the audience. We also appreciate her skill and talent for challenging our dancers to be the best they can be, while consistently encouraging them to share their beauty, grace, and joy!

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