Katina Johns was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, where she began her training with Berks Ballet Theatre. While there, she performed with their company through her senior year in high school, receiving lead roles in the conservatory’s classical and contemporary performances and was awarded scholarships of excellence in contemporary and classical performance at Regional Dance America.
After graduating high school as Valedictorian of her class, Katina went on to receive her B.F.A. in dance performance from Adelphi University in New York. At Adelphi, Katina trained closely under Frank Augustyn in classical ballet and many styles of modern. Katina was privileged to perform in a variety of repertoire including, solos from La Esmeralda, Napoli, and Don Quixote, Martha Graham repertoire, original choreography of Adelheid B. Strelick, William Briscoe, and many more! Throughout her four years in college, Katina danced professionally with companies such as Eglevsky Ballet and was a principal guest artist with American Theater Dance
Workshop and Glen Cove Ballet.
Upon graduating summa cum laude in 2017, Katina became a founding company artist with Magnum Opus located in Madison, Wisconsin. While dancing with the company, Katina trained
to become a licensed Progressing Ballet Technique instructor and in the Leap ‘n’ Learn curriculum. During the summer of 2018, Katina became certified in Adaptive Dance through Boston Ballet. As a teacher of over eight years and having experience working with special needs individuals even longer, her priority is to inspire and encourage each and every one of her students.
Katina was named Director of Ballet at HappyFeet Dance School and Performance where she teaches ballet, pointe, variations, lyrical, contemporary and more to students of all ages: toddler through adult. She also does private coaching and choreography, along with yoga, barre, and Pilates. While in Texas, Katina has had the wonderful opportunity to guest as a soloist with HappyFeet Dance School, Festival Ballet of North Texas, and Toby’s School of Dance, and was formerly a founding company member of Ballet North Texas and a company member with ImPulse and performing as a professional artist with Zion Dance Project: Summer Series.
Words cannot express how incredibly grateful Katina is to dance with 6 o’Clock Dance Theatre!