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.
|Film & Television Col 1||Film & Television Col 2||Film & Television Col 3|
|“Latin on Ice”||Associate Choreographer||NBC/Disson Skating|
|Premio Lo Nuestro||Associate Choreographer||Univision|
|“Boom di, Boom di” (Animated Ringtone)||Associate Choreographer||Morgan Carey/ VSI|
|“Broadway Nights”||Co-Choreographer/Dancer||FW Productions|
|2003 Latin Grammy Awards||Assistant Choreographer||Celia Cruz Tribute|
|2003 MTV Movie Awards||Dancer||MTV|
|"The Rosie O'Donnell Show"||Dancer||NBC|
|Print Col 1||Print Col 2||Print Col 3|
|Promotion for Elements of Life||Model||Gilles Toucas|
|Promotion for Dance Resource Center||Model||Sallie Mackie|
|Stage Col 1||Stage Col 2||Stage Col 3|
|Labyrinth of Souls||Dancer/Aerialist||Evolution Dance Co.|
|Jean Ann Ryan Cruise Lines||Choreographer||JAR Productions|
|"Splash"||Associate Choreographer||Riviera Hotel|
|De La Femme at Vivid||Co-Choreographer/Dancer||Club Vivid|
|Surf Expo Industrial Showcase||Assistant Choreographer||One Box Productions|
|Clipper Girls Dance Team||Assistant Choreographer||Staples Center|
|Michael Jackson: A Tribute to the King of Pop||Choreographer/Dancer||Wilshire Ebell Theater|
|Michael Jackson @ B.B. King’s Club||Choreographer/Dancer||B.B. King’s Club|
|Jazz Dance L.A. 2002, 2001 & 2000||Choreographer/Dancer||Luckman Fine Arts Complex|
|Music and Noise for Toys||Choreographer/Dancer||Orphium Theater|
|"The Closing"||Dancer/Aerialist||Terry Beeman|
|Redken Industrial||Dancer||Ray Leeper|
|New Year's Eve @ Mandalay Bay||Dancer||Michael Chambers|
|Evolution Dance Company||Dancer/Aerialist||O.C. Pavillion|
|Volvo Industrial||Dancer/Aerialist||Imagination Entertainment|
|Tarbell Realty Industrial||Dancer/Showgirl||Arrowhead Pond|
|“The Vanishing”||Dancer/Aerialist||Moonlight Gypsy Productions|
|Songs of Soul and Inspiration||Dancer/Aerialist||Debbie Allen|
|Mental Head Circus||Dancer/Aerialist||King King Club|
|Oman O-Man||Dancer/Aerialist||Kennedy Center, Wash. D.C.|
|Other Col 1||Other Col 2||Other Col 3|
|Miley Cyrus||Choreographer||Miley Cyrus Live 09/10|
|Madonna||Associate Choreographer||Confessions Tour|
|Madonna||Associate Choreographer||The Reinvention Tour|
|Los Tigres Del Norte||Assistant Choreographer||Fonovisa Records|
|Olga Tañon||Assistant Choreographer||American Airlines Arena|
|Aventura||Assistant Choreographer||Premio Lo Nuestro|
|Jenni Rivera||Associate Choreographer||Univision Records|
|Jennifer Peña||Dancer||World Cup Soccer Anthem|
|Alexander Monir||Assistant Choreographer||O-Town Summer Tour|
|Nonny||Assistant Choreographer||The Sunset Room|