JOHNSON IRISH DANCE
Colleen Anderson, T.C.R.G
Rose Johnson, T.C.R.G
Rose began dancing at the age of 6 with Frances Gibbons in Scarborough. She went on to dance with the world renowned Butler Academy under the instruction of the Mae, June and Paddy Butler. Her love for dance quickly grew and by the time she was 16, Rose was assisting Mrs. Butler with beginner and ceili classes. In 1984, Rose passed her T.C.R.G exam and became a registered Irish Dance teacher with An Coimisiun, Dublin,Ireland, and The Irish Dance Teachers Association of Canada, Eastern Region. Rose opened her own school, Johnson Dance, and began teaching in Toronto, East York and Belleville. Today, she is happy to have a single dance home at Swansea Town Hall in Bloor West Village where she has taught classes since 1995. Since opening her school, Rose has had dancers compete in the Canadian, North American and World Championships.
Rose is actively involved with the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Canada, Eastern Region, and has been elected by her fellow teachers to serve for over 15 years as both Vice-Regional Director and Corresponding Secretary. Rose was one of the co-chairs of the 1995 and 2001 North American Irish Dance Championships and most recently was Chair of the 2008 Oireachtas in Niagara Falls.
At Johnson Dance, we believe that the lessons learned in dance classes apply to more than just dance! Dancers are taught how to be members of a team, how to work towards achieving their goals and to honor their commitment whether it be to an hour of practice, a year of classes, or to a place on a team competing at a National level.
In addition to being members of our school, our dancers are also prominent members of our community on St. Patricks Day, dancing at local seniors homes and restaurants, and through out the rest of the year. Johnson Dancers have performed at Taste of the Kingsway, Ontario Place, the Rogers Centre, Famous People Players, the Good Shepherd Gala as well as at events organized by Peggy Nash, David Miller, and Dalton McGuinty. Our dancers have also been featured on Breakfast Television and have performed at the Sony Centre with the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance.
Colleen started dancing at the age of 3 under Johnson Dance. She danced her entire career with Rose and was fortunate to travel the world to attend competitions, including the World Championships. Growing up in Irish dance classes, it was quickly clear to Colleen that she wanted to become a teacher. In 2012 she received her TCRG and is excited to be teaching with her mom at Johnson Dance. Colleen brings a unique perspective to the class with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Colleen is also an occupational therapist at Toronto Rehab working with patient's with spinal cord injuries.