After graduating from York University’s Dance Programme, Janet Johnson spent six years in Toronto. While there she co-founded the eclectic company, Pedestrian Waltz Dance Project whose work was performed on rooftops, art galleries, sidewalks as well as at the Canada Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival and in DanceWorks’ Mainstage series. Since 1994 Janet has been choreographing independently of PWDP through various commissions and with the financial assistance from the Laidlaw Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council as well as the Guelph Community Fund. Janet has had the pleasure of presenting her choreography at such forums such as the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (1998 & 2008), Peterborough New Dance Series and DanceWorks Mainstage Series (1999). While in Toronto Janet danced for a diverse number of Toronto choreographers such as Denise Duric, Darcy Callison, Conrad Alexandrowicz, Julia Sasso & Kim Frank. More recently Janet has worked with Montreal choreographer, Suzanne Miller & Toronto choreographers Kathleen Rea, Susan Lee & Karen Kaeja and from 1998-2012 DanceTheatre David Earle. Since 1995 Janet has been living in the Guelph area where she actively pursues outreach dance efforts through teaching: Janet has been a resident modern dance teacher in Guelph, at McMaster University’s Centre for Dance, at George Brown College, at Waterloo University, a frequent recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Arts in Education Grant, an artist for the Edward Johnson Music Foundation as well as a guest teacher throughout the region. In 2005 Janet (and Catrina von Radecki) started a new school of movement called The Guelph Youth Dance Training Program. Since 1998 Janet has been co-founder and co-director of the successful Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival. In the spring of 2007 Janet and her GCDF partner, Catrina have been nominated for the Woman of Distinction award in the category of Arts and Culture in Guelph. Janet completed her MA at York University’s Dance Department in the fall of 2010. In 2010 Janet spear headed both the forming of her own company, Portal Dance Project as well as the improvisation collective, Fall on Your Feet.
In 2013 Janet became certified in both movement practices; conditioning-with-imagery as well as in Gyrokinesis and runs classes in both throughout the Guelph area.