Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher

los angeles, CA
United States

Bio

Johanna Sapakie’s passion for dance and love for choreography have always played an important role in her life. Her diligent work ethic and dedication to the craft have gotten her far in the ever-expanding worlds of dance and entertainment. While coming from a strong ballet background, Johanna is an athletic dancer schooled in a variety of forms including jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, tap, modern, partnering, point work and aerial acrobatics. She was trained from a very young age and has worked with such master teachers as Joe Tremaine, Debbie Allen, Liz Imperio, Marguerite Derricks, Wade Robson and Savion Glover.
More recently, on the performance side of her career, Johanna has been involved in many projects on stage and on camera including the newest Cirque Du Soleil show "Viva ELVIS" in Las Vegas with Vincent Patterson, the Arabesque Festival at the Kennedy Center, "One Love..." with Franco Dragone, "Songs of Soul and Inspiration" with, among others, Debbie Allen, Queen Latifah and Chaka Khan, MEIFF with Otis Salid, The MTV Movie Awards, Slime Time Live, Radio Disney Live, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, New Year’s Eve Live at Mandalay Bay, the first animated ring tone for "Boom di Boom di", shows with EMI recording artist Oryon, a music video for EMI Latin Recording artist Jennifer Peña, Jazz Dance World Congress 2001-2004 & 2007, “The Professional Dancers’ Society Benefit” with Liz Imperio, “Steps in Time” with Travis Payne, the grand opening of "The Highlands" with Alex Magno, “The Closing“ and “Bound” with Terry Beeman, the Hysterica Dance Company with Bubba Carr, “NY’s Performance Outlet” with Dee Caspary, Gucci, Redken, Volvo and Tarbell Realty industrials, a Rhino Records Commercial, photography for the Dance Resource Center and much more. Currently, Johanna is a member of Liz Imperio’s Instincts Live Media Dance Company which has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and Mark Meismer‘s newly formed Evolution Dance Company.

With her choreography, Ms. Sapakie has worked on the "Miley Cyrus: Live in Concert 2009", "The Gioi Tinh Yeu" with ASIA Music Group, “Michael Jackson: A Tribute to the King of Pop” and “Michael Jackson at B.B. King’s Club”, Jean Ann Ryan cruise lines, the 2000, 2001 and 2002, the Upper Manhattan Lounge, “Jazz Dance L.A.”, promotional showcases for EMI recording artist Oryon, choreography for professional dance companies, studios and schools around the world and much more.

Johanna has been an associate choreographer for Madonna: The Confessions Tour and Madonna: The Reinvention Tour, “Latin on Ice” for NBC, "Your Mama Don't Dance" for Lifetime Television, Filippa Giordano: The Prima Donna Tour, Premio Lo Nuestro, the Latin Grammy Awards, the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the feature film “Dus”, industrials, burlesque shows, animated ringtones, showcases and performances for recording artists Olga Tañon, Aventura, Jenni Rivera, Los Tigres Del Norte, Nonny and Alexandra Monir and routines for the Los Angeles Clippers, to name a few.
Along with performing and choreographing, Johanna also takes much pride in her teaching. While always trying to expand her horizons, she teaches all forms of dance including jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop and tap. She has taught at studios all around the world for children and adults of all levels and abilities. Johanna also enjoys teaching as part of the LADF faculty. She is currently sharing her knowledge and love for dance at Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood and Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy in Culver City, as well as many other places.

Most recently, Johanna has found a new love in the world of aerial acrobatics including tissu, lyra, straps, hammock, poles and cube. She has already performed all over North and South America and is excited to add these new media to her credits.

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Film & Television Col 1 Film & Television Col 2 Film & Television Col 3
“Latin on Ice”Associate ChoreographerNBC/Disson Skating
Premio Lo NuestroAssociate ChoreographerUnivision
“Boom di, Boom di” (Animated Ringtone)Associate ChoreographerMorgan Carey/ VSI
“Broadway Nights”Co-Choreographer/DancerFW Productions
2003 Latin Grammy AwardsAssistant ChoreographerCelia Cruz Tribute
2003 MTV Movie AwardsDancerMTV
"Dus"Dancer/AerialistBollywood Film
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show"DancerNBC
Print Col 1 Print Col 2 Print Col 3
SilvereyeModel/AerialistGuido Argentini
Promotion for Elements of LifeModelGilles Toucas
Promotion for Dance Resource CenterModelSallie Mackie
Stage Col 1 Stage Col 2 Stage Col 3
Labyrinth of SoulsDancer/AerialistEvolution Dance Co.
Jean Ann Ryan Cruise LinesChoreographerJAR Productions
"Splash"Associate ChoreographerRiviera Hotel
De La Femme at VividCo-Choreographer/DancerClub Vivid
Surf Expo Industrial ShowcaseAssistant ChoreographerOne Box Productions
Clipper Girls Dance TeamAssistant ChoreographerStaples Center
Michael Jackson: A Tribute to the King of PopChoreographer/DancerWilshire Ebell Theater
Michael Jackson @ B.B. King’s ClubChoreographer/DancerB.B. King’s Club
Jazz Dance L.A. 2002, 2001 & 2000Choreographer/DancerLuckman Fine Arts Complex
Music and Noise for ToysChoreographer/DancerOrphium Theater
"The Closing"Dancer/AerialistTerry Beeman
Redken IndustrialDancerRay Leeper
New Year's Eve @ Mandalay BayDancerMichael Chambers
Evolution Dance CompanyDancer/AerialistO.C. Pavillion
Volvo IndustrialDancer/AerialistImagination Entertainment
Tarbell Realty IndustrialDancer/ShowgirlArrowhead Pond
“The Vanishing”Dancer/AerialistMoonlight Gypsy Productions
Songs of Soul and InspirationDancer/AerialistDebbie Allen
Mental Head CircusDancer/AerialistKing King Club
Oman O-ManDancer/AerialistKennedy Center, Wash. D.C.
Other Col 1 Other Col 2 Other Col 3
Miley CyrusChoreographerMiley Cyrus Live 09/10
MadonnaAssociate ChoreographerConfessions Tour
MadonnaAssociate ChoreographerThe Reinvention Tour
Los Tigres Del NorteAssistant ChoreographerFonovisa Records
Olga TañonAssistant ChoreographerAmerican Airlines Arena
AventuraAssistant ChoreographerPremio Lo Nuestro
Jenni RiveraAssociate ChoreographerUnivision Records
OryonChoreographer/DancerEMI
Jennifer PeñaDancerWorld Cup Soccer Anthem
Alexander MonirAssistant ChoreographerO-Town Summer Tour
NonnyAssistant ChoreographerThe Sunset Room

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