Johnson's Dance Studio Faculty
Joy Johnson -  Owner, Instructor, and Artistic Director.  Joy brings 40 years of dance experience to the school.  She began teaching during her college years and continued with her own studio in Indianapolis, IN.  She danced professionally throughout Indiana during her high school and college years while performing with the Indiana University Dance Theatre and competing as a member of the I.U. Gymnastics Team.  She was an I.U. cheerleader for 3 years, captain 1972-'73.  Her college dance experience was completed with a B.S. in modern dance.  She is co-founder and a director of the Owensboro Dance Theatre, Inc. In 1995 she taught Jazz for the Governor's School for the Arts and is presently a board member of the American Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago.
Karen Carothers - Ballet, Pointe.  Karen began studying ballet in 1973 and danced with the Lexington Ballet Company form 1976 through 1981 where she appeared in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Coppellia. She began her teaching experience in Lexington and has continued with Johnons's Dance Studio. She is co-founder and former director of the Owensboro Dance Theatre, Iinc. and in 1996 was appointed to the Kentucky Humanities Council Board of Directors .

Kim (Ramirez) Johnson - Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Ballet.  A former Owensboro Dance Theatre company member, Kim recieved a BS in Modern Dance from Indiana University in 1988. Kim began her professional career with River North (Jazz) Dance Company in Chicago in 1993, joined Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble . In addition to Johnson's Dance Studio, her teaching career has included overseeing Chicago's River North Dance Company  children's program and teaching hip hop, creative movement, jazz and tap at Danstek in Denver. She began teaching at Johnson's Dance Studio at age 15.  In 2009, Kim became one of the nations first Lifestyle, Excercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.) program certified coaches. She now incorporates Dr. William Sears' L.E.A.N. principles and education into many of her dance instruction programs.

Samantha Coomes - Competition Team, Modern, Ballet. Samantha received B.A. in modern, ballet & jazz from Murray State University. She performed with the MSU Dance Company and was choreographer for the spring concert in 2006. While at MSU, Samantha attended the American College Dance Festival in 2007-2008 studying modern, hip hop, jazz and Brazilian dance. Upon completion of her degree, Samantha continued at MSU teaching ballet, performing and choreographing. She was invited to be a guest performer and choreographer for the MSU Dance Company in 2010. 
Jennie Boggess - ODT Devolopment Director, Ballet, Pointe, Tap and Parkinson's Dance Therapy
Jennie is a former ODT  company member and 2001 graduate form Governors School for the Arts. She graduated with honors from the University of Louisville with a B.S. in Biology and continued her education at University of Louisville School of Medicine with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology. While in Louisville, she extended her dance education with classes from Louisville Ballet and Art! Art! Barking Dog Dance Company. She attended workshops in Atlanta and Chicago, and she is also became certified educator for the Giordano technique as well as certified as a Parkinson's DT instructor. Jennie returns to Johnson's Dance Studio excited to share her love for dance, created and nurtured by this very studio she is happy to once again call home.
 Jaysie Beth Royal - ODT Assistant Artistic Director,Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary Jaysie Beth is a former company member of the Owensboro Dance Theatre. While attending Western Kentucky University, she was a dance major, company member and soloist with the WKU Dance Company. In 2013, Jaysie Beth accompanied WKU professor Eric Rivera to assist and perform in Chicago while in 2014 performing in the Dumbo Dance Festival in New York City with L2 Dance Company. Jaysie Beth received her first Giordano Teaching Certification June 16th of this year. She is delighted to be sharing her passion through teaching back at her home studio, Johnson's Dance.

Natalie Woodard - Hip Hop, Combination, Creative2's   Natalie is a former company member of the Owensboro Dance Theatre and a 2008 graduate from the Governors School for the Arts. She attended Giordano Summer School Scholarship Program. While attending the University of Buffalo she graduated with a B.F.A. in dance and is a former NFL cheerleader for the Buffalo Bills. Natalie is excited to be back home and sharing her passion and love of dance with her students in the community.