The Kennedy Center

Quynn Johnson


A graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., Quynn Johnson is a native of Flint, Michigan. Nicknamed the “Sole Rebelle,” Ms. Johnson has studied dance under masters of tap and West African dance. Quynn is not only a dancer, but is a skilled and talented performer and author.
Ms. Johnson, a multi-award winning performing artist, has been described as having a “deliciously buoyant movement quality and a natural organic rhythm.” In 2014, she won the Individual Artist Award for Dance Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council. Quynn’s newest production, SOLE Defined (co-created with Ryan Johnson), is a show with incredible fusion of tap dance and body percussion. SOLE Defined has been presented at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Intersections Festival: 2012 & 2013, and the Patterson Theater. In 2008, Quynn began her tap company, Just Tap, and was a finalist for the Dance Metro DC Award in the category of Emerging Group Performers.
Quynn Johnson has been featured as the tap dance soloist in The Washington Ballet production of The Great Gatsby at the Kennedy Center and the Source Festival. She has also performed at the Lincoln Center on Broadway, in Cirque du Soleil’s Mosaic production in Washington, D.C., the National Tap Extravaganza in New York, Tapology Festival for Youth, the International Festival del Folklorico in Buenaventura, Colombia, and the Festival del Pacifico in Cali, Colombia. In addition, Quynn has toured Peru as part of the International Festival de Cajon Peruano. Ms. Johnson has several national awards in recognition for her choreography and was named #1 Tap Choreographer for youth 12 and under by the state of Maryland in 2006.
In 2011, Quynn became a self-published author of her first children’s book, Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet, an exciting story about a horse who wanted to learn how to tap dance. Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet premiered as a full tap stage production at the Intersections Festival in March 2013 & 2014.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/31/2014: The Loser’s Lounge & Halloween BOOgie Down

Learn dance steps to the "Monster Mash," "Time Warp," and "Thriller." Test drive your moves with one of New York City's best party bands, The Loser's Lounge. Dance lessons by Quynn Johnson begin at 5 p.m., with live music starting at 6 p.m.

Wear your most creative costume for the chance to win fabulous prizes in the following categories: Best Kid Costume (ages 6 and under, 7-12, 13-17); Best Character (TV, movies, theater, literature, comics, you name it! Extra points if it is Kennedy Center-related!); Funniest (Here's your chance to be ironic, clever, or just plain silly!); Scariest (Need we say more??). In the spirit of creativity, preference will be given to homemade costumes.

Quynn Johnson