Lisa Johnson-Willingham

Lisa Johnson-Willingham
Please Credit Photo: Lisa Johnson-Willingham. Photo by Andrew Eccles
Lisa Johnson-Willingham, born in Washington, DC, is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and received a B.F.A. from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She was a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for six years, 1993-1999. Ms. Johnson-Willingham also danced with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, New World Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Joel Hall Dance Company, Deeply Rooted Productions, Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience, Nucleus Dance Collective, and Complexions. As a choreographer, she has set pieces on such dance companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joel Hall Dance Company, Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience, Melissa Thodos and Dancers, One World Dance Theater and Hubbard Street II. Her leadership experience in the arts includes a decade-long position as Director of AileyCamp Chicago, working as Director of dance programs at the Dance Conservatory of Chicago High School for the Arts and Whitney Young Magnet High School, and teaching at Columbia College, Olive Harvey College, and Joffrey Academy of Dance.

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Lisa Johnson-Willingham Named as New Director of The Ailey Extension

The Ailey Organization announced that Lisa Johnson-Willingham, a former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, has been named Director of The Ailey Extension. During her 18-year history with Ailey, Johnson-Willingham’s roles have transcended the stage to also include leadership positions as choreographer, teacher and educational program Director.

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AM New York - Dance For The People At The Ailey Extension

AM New York - Dance For The People At The Ailey Extension

All nonprofit organizations have a difficult time in these profit-ravenous times, but the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has a hidden weapon: its thriving Ailey Extension program, which offers classes in more than 30 different dance techniques to the public in about 80 classes a week.