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ANTHONY W JOHNSON
CREATOR OF BALLET MAGIQUE®
WRITER / DIRECTOR / SONGWRITER / COMPOSER / LYRICIST / CHOREOGRAPHER / DESIGNER / AUTHOR / POET

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BALLET MAGIQUE®

Anthony W. Johnson is the creator of Ballet Magique®, his Registered Trademark, and Ballet Magique  Productions, LLC. This entertainment company fuses dance, magic, music, and theatre into dynamic performances and has received accolades from all over the globe. He is also the founder of Laughing Man on Fire Productions, where he creates innovative content for all genres. In 2021, Ballet Magique bought Laughing Man on Fire Productions and formed Ballet magique® Productions, LLC. This allowed Anthony to use all his gifts under one umbrella.

 

DANCE CONNOISSEUR

Johnson’s background in Dance, theatre, magic, music, and wushu is extensive. That is because he has worked in every field of dance and theatre, given the excellent opportunity to perform for many years with the Lyric Opera of Chicago under the tutelage of his teacher and mentor Kenneth Von Heidecke, in Operas like “Aida” and “The Ghost of Versailles” where he flew 80 feet above the stage holding a Champaign bottle tumbling about. Other Ballet and modern jazz companies, to name a few, are but are not limited to, The Los Angeles Opera Company, Ballet Theatre of Chicago, Ballet Chicago, Chicago Festival Ballet, International Ballet of Rotaru, Tampa, Colorado Ballet, Contemporary Ballet Theatre, and the Moscow Ballet, Ballethnic, The Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Physical Rhythm Project, James Kelly Project, Second City Ballet, Media City ballet, “ Those funny Little People”, Colors Dance Theatre, and Demetrius Klein & Dancers to name a few. Johnson toured with legendary Sir Paul McCartney’s “Drivin’ U.S.A.,” Danced for the singer Monica at the Arista Records 25th Anniversary, and performed on several Pacific Tours on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, In 2004, “Dance Spirit Magazine featured an article on Anthony W Johnson with an interview about Lyrical Dancers in Los Angeles as he was considered the best male Lyrical dancer in Los Angeles, CA.

 

ACTING and THEATER

Johnson loves acting and began his dive into theater by making a speech. After doing so many times, his junior high school teachers put him in theater and speech competitions,  later awarding him Speach and Drama Man of the Year. In high school, that continued, and he eventually became the state champion in Solo Acting. He landed a small role in The Mississippi and other musicals like Peter Pan during this time. He became so enthralled that he volunteered to do the spotlight and become prop manager. He also had other jobs backstage at the Playhouse on the Square and Theater Memphis. Both hired him to continue. In Conservatory, his acting grew to new heights. He was studying Mask Work, Uta Hagen, and Stanislovsky and finding new ways and tools to bring about the best characters in his work. A brief collection of Johnson’s accomplishments and performances as both a dancer and/actor include; such as, “Marat/Sade,” “Dreamgirls,” “Randy Newman’s Faust,” and several productions at The Black Ensemble Theatre in Chicago, where he was nominated for Best Actor for his role as “Tommy Gomez in “Me and Ms. D” the story of Tommy Gomez and the legendary Katherine Dunham. Other lead roles in amazing works such as “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Amen Corner” and a plethora of television and film appearances, including “Son of the Beach,” “Hoodlum,” “Skin Walker” “The World Magic Awards,” “Jackson’s: An American Dream,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Black Limousine.

 WRITER/SONGWRITER AND COMPOSER

 

Anthony W. Johnson, a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the Society of Composers and Lyricists, began writing songs and melodies via the insight of his late partner Gene Wooley, who was VP of Quality and Assurance for MCA Records—and worked as an engineer for Elton John, Pink Floyd, Tina Turner, and countless others. Later, Johnson met Composer Wes Hambright, who reached out to Johnson. Johnson convinced Wes to allow him to give him one of his melodies. By doing so, Johnson took the melody, expanded it, and wrote the lyrics as a tribute to Gene, his first song. Later, game composer Paul Romero reached out to Johnson to collaborate and work together. They begin writing the music for the "C" Diaries. It was a successful endeavor, but Johnson decided to rewrite it as his focus shifted to the life of Da Vinci, and he realized that he had developed Da Vinci Diaries, a new musical after completion. To not let the work Johnson did with Paul go mute, Johnson decided to keep two pieces that they worked on and added lyrics to complete them.

Johnson then teamed up with jazz pianist and songwriter Lorenzo Pryor and bought two of his tracks. During this time, he met music Producer Alex Elena. With Alex, Johnson rearranged them, updated the lyrics, and restructured them to reveal the essence and nature of what they foretold.

Inspired by a song he choreographed, Anthony decided to write a song with an homage to its stylistic approach. The song is now in the Film Alexis Colette. It did not stop there. Anthony wrote the songs for Alexis Colette and produced them with Alex Elena and Sebastian Molina
, who will join him in creating the score. He continues working with other up-and-coming artists. So, Johnson licensed two songs from his colleagues who felt the best way for people to hear their work was to have Johnson do his thing. Johnson's future is evident, especially in songwriting. For Johnson, he wants to innovate and invigorate the music experience and create great music. Furthermore, he wants to introduce this generation to the power of fusion.
Anthony began writing at nine, and his poetry has been published in several anthologies. He has won several awards for poetry and is set to publish his book “C," a science fiction fantasy about angels, demons, the people who possess them, and the unseen links that will ultimately save the world from Mankind.  Samaco Films has optioned Anthony's script, Vodun
. Johnson plans to team up again with Elena and Marino to write the music and songs for the Soundtrack and Score. In 2023, Samaco Films partnered with Ballet Magique Productions to help finance Anthony's IP, which is vast, as you can see.

DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER/DESIGNER


Johnson is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreography Society and started directing as a child, creating stories and having his family members act them out. His love for blocking and genuine emotion gained a wealth of scholarships, and at one point, his professors made him direct every scene study as they believed that was his true talent.

After directing Dreamgirls in Chicago, Johnson came to Los Angeles and started a dance troupe called "Ballet with an Edge." Eventually, Ballet with an edge morphed quickly into Ballet Magique.

As the director of Ballet Magique, Johnson has received accolades from Master Magician Lance Burton, renowned illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, The Orange County Chinese Association, the Beverly Hills Outlook,  the World Dance Awards, and three times at the World Choreography Awards. Ballet Magique® also performs for corporate events, nightclubs, and festivals.

Johnson also gained a Lester Horton Award nomination for “Outstanding Achievement in Choreography,” Costume and Lighting Design” for Ballet Magique’s “Ring of the Rose. That year, his student Nobutaka Mochimaru also received the prestigious Male Dancer of the Year award from The Beverly Hills Outlook for his performance with Ballet Magique, beating out Mikhail Baryshnikov and Carlos Acosta. Johnson began directing in College. Several plays like Burn This and other Sam Shepherd works.
Anthony W. Johnson's Ballet Magique® 
mesmerized audiences nationwide and abroad for two decades with his unique and pointed artistic interpretation of form fusion and movement.  After seeing Anthony's creativity with Ballet Magique and his keen insight into various cultures, Samaco Films hired Anthony as their Creative Producer.

 

TEACHER


Mr. Johnson has taught dance throughout the United States and abroad. He spent several years on the dance faculty of several schools, such as the former IDA (International Dance Academy), the renowned Millennium Dance Complex, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, The Former Performing Arts school, The Edge Performing Arts, the Westside School of Ballet, Von Heidecke School of Ballet, Hama's Dance Academy, Studio of Performing Arts and Hollywood dance Academy. Anthony has been a judge for several dance competitions, such as “The Showstoppers Dance competition and I Love Dance. Mr. Johnson continues to inspire and mentor students and professionals alike, most of whom have gone on to perform with the likes of Janet Jackson, Madonna, American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Alberta Ballet, Cirque Du Soleil, National Ballet of Canada, and the incomparable Béjart Ballet Lausanne; On Broadway in The Lion King, The Color Purple, Fly Away, and Mama Mia, in television and film, So you think you can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Step 1, 2, & 3 as well countless schools and colleges such as School of American Ballet, The Boston Ballet School, The Rock School of Ballet, The Ailey School, Béjart Rudra, Boston Conservatory, and Juilliard to name a few.

Anthony continues to teach master classes in Acting, Ballet, Contemporary, and Audition techniques. 

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