Intimate Conversations: Quynn Johnson

Updated: Mar 6

Intimate Conversations with Dani Tirrell & guest Quynn Johnson

Saturday, October 24, 2020


What does Black love look like?

"This is a hard question to answer because for me it looks like many things. For me it looks like long walks in the city talking about life and God, it looks like cuddling on the couch watching reruns of A Different World, it looks like a focused meeting of minds to build an empire. Dancing to Earth, Wind, and Fire or a quick slap on the but as I walk across the room. It looks like transparent conversations while cooking. Walks with friends to discuss life and venting to a listening ear. Meetups with the homies to catch and crack jokes. This list could go on, but I hope it paints a picture of not only Black love in relationships but friendships as well."


Quynn Johnson, a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., and native of Flint, Michigan, is an award-winning performing, teaching artist and author. She has toured as the tap soloist in the Tony Award-winning production After Midnight (NCL) and performed both nationally and internationally. Highlights include featured 2020 recipient of the Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project, soloist in the Washington Ballet production of The Great Gatsby, Cirque du Soleil’s Mosaic production, the Festival Folclórico del Pacífico and in Buenaventura and Cali, Colombia and has toured Peru as part of the Festival Internacional de Cajón Peruano. Quynn is the co-creator of the D.C.-based percussive dance company SOLE Defined with Ryan Johnson.


A National Credential Residency Teaching Artist with Young Audiences and a Wolf Trap TA, in 2014 and 2017, she won the Individual Artist Award for Dance Choreography (MSAC). As a teaching artist, Quynn has reached over 9,500 youth from pre-k through 12th grade with assemblies, residencies, and workshops. Her arts-integrated residencies bridge tap dance with literacy, math, Social-Emotional Learning. In 2011, Quynn became a self-published author with her children’s book, Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet.