Johanna Seidel is a Michigan native and graduated from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in 2012, at which time she moved to Texas to continue her education and begin her professional career both in performing and teaching. She graduated from West Texas A&M University in May 2016 with high honors and a BFA in Dance. Johanna was the Ballet Mistress for the WTAMU Dance Academy from 2012-2016, coaching students in ballet of all levels, pre-pointe, pointe, and contemporary. During her time in Texas, Johanna was a professional company member with the Lone Star Ballet, dancing roles including: Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker,” Mrs. Darling in “Peter Pan,” and Luna in “Wolf.” In July of 2016, Johanna moved to Chicago and has been working professionally since. Johanna dances with Alluvion Dance Chicago as a Company Member under the direction of Johnny Huntoon, and is a former Company Member of Esoteric Dance Project under the direction of Brenna Pierson-Tucker and Christopher Tucker. Through Alluvion Dance Chicago she has had the opportunity to develop and present her choreography. Johanna was recruited and selected to be a Chicago RAW Artist, presenting a self-choreographed contemporary solo in October 2017. She has also worked as a featured dancer on various film projects, including DaNiro Elle Brown’s “Soft,” and Joseph Roark’s “The Ballerina & The Swordsman.” She was also hired to work as a ballerina for the primetime television show “Empire” on FOX Networks. Johanna is currently working on other collaborative performance and choreography projects with local Chicago artists, as well as continuing her training with various local professional companies. Johanna has continued her teaching career in Chicago through the Chicago School of Ballet (pre-ballet through advanced ballet, pre-pointe, intermediate/advanced pointe, contemporary), the Chicago Parks District (beginning ballet technique), and various other local studios. Johanna also choreographs for her students for full-length ballet productions, including “Thumbelina,” “The Nutcracker,” and “Coppelia.” She is excited to continue to share her passion of ballet technique with the Studio 22 students.