University of Arizona
School of Dance

Marquez E. Johnson

Arizona Jazz

Dance Showcase

September 27-29, 2024

School of Dance Faculty

Marquez Johnson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance degree from the University of Arizona as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.  Marquez is currently on faculty at the University of Arizona’s School of Dance as an Instructor of Dance choreographing for various local events while teaching Jazz and Hip-Hop which has begun for the first time in the Fall of 2019. Marquez is also an instructor for Step-Up; an outreach dance program through the College of Fine Arts teaching at local public and charter schools in and around Tucson.

Under the direction of Tammy Dyke-Compton and Christopher Compton, Marquez returned for a second summer to Perry-Mansfield Summer Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As a teaching artist for the Emerging Artist program in June and July, he continues to teach Jazz and Hip-Hop as well as choreographing for such musicals as Frog and Toad.

Marquez has been a guest artist for the Montana Dance Arts Association teaching hip-hop, and he has been a guest artist for Ballet Rincon in their production of The Nutcracker as well as choreographing and teaching their ballet ensemble. He has taught at many studios, most recently at Danswest Dance studio in the Jazz and Lyrical categories. He continues to teach in other studios around the area in styles ranging from Ballet to Modern and Contemporary.   

Marquez has performed works by Jose Limon and Ohad Naharin while also being a rehearsal assistant for Miguel Perez and Michele Gifford in the re-staging of “The American by Charles Wheeldon. Under the direction of Michael Williams, he has participated as a co-host for the Arizona Jazz Dance showcase while also completing his thesis work entitled Forecast. Currently, he is choreographing for Casino del Sol for their run of Solebrity Icons.

Marquez has finished his 9th season as a company member of Tucson-based contemporary dance company Artifact Dance Project where he danced the lead role of Goliath in March of 2019. As well, he has performed in several productions for Artifact since 2009 including Fairy Tales Three, Poe, Artist's Proof, The Grand Parlor, Judith, Downtown, Frida and New Moves to name a few.

Marquez E. Johnson