Originally from Champaign, Illinois, Erica Johnston was always fascinated by the art of the imagination. While pursuing her studies as a young dancer, she began selling decorated pointe shoes under the business name Pointe Creations in 2004. After hitting a growth spurt in her early teens, she was unable to find leotards that fit her long torso properly, and her leotard making endeavor began. She trained in the arts of design and costume construction under Deanna Doty, director of the Champaign Urbana Ballet, Kathleen Egan of Butler University, and Karl Kaufman, formerly of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Lexington Ballet. Following a chance encounter, Erica was offered a position in the wardrobe department of the Ailey School. Now, four years later, she works regularly for the Ailey School, Marymount Manhattan College, the Hudson Valley Youth Ballet, and numerous other companies across the country, creating independently commissioned works for ballet, contemporary choreography, and musical theater.
Erica's dancing life has taken her from coast to coast. She has trained with the Champaign Urbana Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Alonzo King's LINES, Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance, and Butler Ballet.She graduated from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance in May 2014 and now freelances in and around New York, NY. She is a current performer with the Victory Dance Project and a guest artist with several other project-based groups. Check out her resume here: erica_johnston_design_and_wardrobe_resume_2018_web.pdf
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