Christina Johnson trained at Boston School of Ballet, School of American Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She began her professional career at age seventeen with Boston Ballet, before joining Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she became a principal dancer within four years. In her 13-year tenure with DTH, she worked with legends Frederic Franklin, Ulysses Dove, Glen Tetley, Suzanne Farrell, Geoffrey Holder, Allegra Kent, Alonzo King, Jerome Robbins, Carmen De Lavallade, and Sir Anthony Dowell to name a few. She danced leading roles in much of the company’s repertoire including Giselle, Swan Lake, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Firebird, Prodigal Son and Fancy Free. She was a member of the Swiss companies, Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve and Ballett Basel, where her repertoire expanded to include works by William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, Twyla Tharp, Ohad Naharin, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Amanda Miller and David Parsons. Christina is an original member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and has been a featured guest artist with various companies worldwide, including the Royal Ballet of London, where she and her dance partner, Ronald Perry, were the first African-American couple in history to perform with the company.
After her performance career Christina has been sought after as a teacher and coach and has worked with companies and schools such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Gotesborg Ballett, Cornish College of the Arts and University of Washington among others. Christina held the position of Rehearsal Director for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, Trey McIntyre Project, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Christina most recently was full time faculty at Marin Ballet in San Rafael, CA and is currently Adjunct Faculty at Dominican University in the LINES/Dominican BFA in Dance Program.
Christina holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany.