Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities
Areas of Specialization: Dance, Choreography, Performance, Improvisation
Office: JO 3.530
Office Hours: by appointment only
Email: [email protected]
I am one of the dance professors at UT Dallas. I enjoy teaching all aspects of dance including technique and appreciation courses. While teaching these courses, I encourage students to discover the artistry and emotion of the movement. I feel it is important to focus on connecting students to the joy of performing and self-exploration while simultaneously giving them the tools. I believe that by developing artistry and a love for dance, students will develop a sense of self-worth and a stronger sense of identity. I currently choreograph and perform in the DFW metroplex with Elledanceworks.
I have a commitment to staying current within dance practices by taking classes, performing and choreographing in a local dance company, attending workshops, and engaging with scholarly material. By showing my passion for movement within technique and theory alike, I aim to keep students excited and engaged and to inspire them to want to know more in their own dance practices.
As a dance educator, I embrace movers at all levels and ages. My learner-oriented dance pedagogy uses full-bodied dancing, rigor, imagery and coaching to achieve a productive learning environment for my student's fulfillment. I am sensitive to the setting of my students and create an environment of hard work coupled with patience and encouragement. My greatest joy in teaching comes from watching my student's journey of learning about the power of movement. I believe dance should be a source of enjoyment.
I have not only taught in higher education, but also in public schools including a high school and middle school. I have also taught in the private setting most of my life.
Recent Courses: View courses taught by Melissa Johnson
Masters in Fine Arts in Dance
Curriculum Vitae: Melissa Johnson's CV