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Day in the Life of Dance: Behind the Byline — Robert Johnson on Writing for The Dance Enthusiast

Day in the Life of Dance: Behind the Byline — Robert Johnson on Writing for The Dance Enthusiast

Published on April 15, 2019
Photo: Christopher Duggan

Behind the Byline highlights one our most important assets — our contributors. Get to know the person behind your favorite articles.

TDE: How did you start working for The Dance Enthusiast?

Robert Johnson: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s company, Rosas, was performing Elena’s Aria at Lincoln Center, and I desperately wanted to write about it. So I made a brazen pitch to Editor-in-Chief Christine Jowers, and she gave me the assignment. A miracle! So grateful!

TDE: How long have you been working for The Dance Enthusiast?

Robert Johnson: That was in 2014.

TDE: What do like about writing for The Dance Enthusiast?

Robert Johnson: Working with Christine.

TDE: What are your favorite stories?

Robert Johnson: Now, now! Let’s not play favorites. I’ve enjoyed reading many articles in The Dance Enthusiast over the years.

TDE: What's a fun fact about you?

Robert Johnson: Once I performed in a decrepit, old theater attached to a social club in Barcelona. During a ballet trio set to “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” the house cat went noisily into labor beneath the stage, and as we danced, we could see her giving birth through gaping holes in the floor-boards. Terrible yowling. Not a good accompaniment to Mozart.

Read features by Robert Johnson HERE.

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