Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet

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our history

Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet was founded by Princess Johnson in April 2009. She currently serves as Executive Director. Mrs. Johnson completed study at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated with honors with a B. A. in Dance Studies and a B. S. in Business.  The company has three major components: the professional dance production company, the school, and outreach dance programs for the community.

Royal Expressions has produced five original dance productions: Journey to Become (2010), BLOOM (2011), The Christmas Shoes (2012), Never Lose Your MOMENTUM (2013), and 31 (2015).  

In April 2014, Royal Expressions had the esteemed privilege to host renowned ballerina Misty Copeland as a special guest at their 5 year anniversary celebration. She came and had breakfast with dance professionals across NC, taught classes, spoke to the dancers, and did a book signing.  

photo courtesy of Greensboro News and Record.

company history

The company continues the tradition of bringing major dance artists to Greensboro. In July 2015, Royal Expressions hosted Alicia Graf Mack, a former lead dancer of the world-famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She joined other emerging choreographers Princess Johnson, Regina Tate (Greensboro, NC), Willie Hinton (Raleigh, NC), April Schweitzer (Cary, NC), and Tabia McKenzie (Nashville, TN) in a 2 – 3 day on-site residency at the Royal Expressions studios between July 30 – August 26 to set new works for, 31 – a choreography collective, community workshop of over 25 women, and professional dance production to uplift, inspire, and empower women.

Royal Expressions School of Dance prides itself in a diverse student population and teaches students ages 10 months to adult ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and tap.  In 2014, the school began offering scholarships to families facing financial hardship.  The fund continues to grow and 20% of the student population benefit from the scholarship fund.

In addition to creating new dance works and dance training at the studio, the Royal Expressions Outreach Programs and Education Network (RE-OPEN) goes into the community to offer dance lessons and performances to senior citizens, individuals with special needs, and at-risk youth.  The company has served Golden Living Center, Spring Arbor, McIver Education Center, McGirt Horton Library, Washington Montessori, East White Oak Community Center, and Bessemer Elementary.

our masterclass series

The Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet Dance Company has had the opportunity to host some of the world’s most renown dancers as instructors of our Masterclass series. See those dancers below and tap to learn more about them and view photos. 

Maggie Small

Misty Copeland

Carlita Victoria

Alicia Graf Mack


Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet is an innovative dance production company that has been a part of the growing arts community in Greensboro, NC since 2009! The company has produced 6 original dance productions that uplift, inspire, and empower the community.

Royal Expression’s unique structure uses dance as a tool to educate, engage, and spark conversation about various issues and topics. The company employs four resident choreographers: Willie Hinton, Amma Waddell, April Schweitzer, and Princess Johnson, an average of 8 – 10 professional dancers, plus 2 – 3 guest choreographers, per year. Past guest choreographers have included Alicia Graf Mack (Head of Dance at Juilliard), Tabia McKinzie, and Regina Tate.  

The company seeks qualified dancers to perform in various stage productions, community productions, and private contracts.  Qualified dancers must be 18 or older and and have ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance experience and training. No professional experience is required! Hip Hop, Tap, Pointe, African, Horton, Graham and other dance techniques and styles are a plus! Male and female dancers are welcome.  

This is a part-time paid opportunity. The main reason we decided to go on hiatus in 2017 was to fulfill our obligation to pay dancers for their rehearsal AND performance time. We returned to the stage in 2022 and launched REVIVALUTION to make a statement:

Revival – after a 4-year hiatus our professional dance artists returned to the stage.

Evolution – we spent 4 years restructuring and reorganizing to better serve our artists and our community at large.

Revolution – we are here to advocate for pay, funding, and opportunities for Black artists.

Too often in our area dancers are not paid for their studio time and we want to change this trend.  Rehearsals will be on average 4 hours a week, 2 times a week.  Dancers will be paid $12 – 22 per hour depending on technique quality, performance experience, and rank in the company. Contracts would range from 18 – 36 weeks per year.

Our dancers are treated like royalty and are our most important employees as they are the essence of our company.  Perks include free technique and entrepreneurship classes, free fitness and nutrition classes, healthy snacks and beverages during rehearsal, meals for rehearsals 3 or more hours long, and lifelong friendships. We are a close-knit community and feel like a family.  We are looking for team players who are ready to push and be pushed to excel to new levels together.

Auditioning is easy.  Join us for an Open Rehearsal or Scheduled Audition.  It is best that you contact us or call 336-944-6146 in advance to find out when our next rehearsal/audition is scheduled.  Please visit our YouTube channel RoyalExpressions to see works from our repertoire.