- Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
- Main Genre: contemporary with a hint of burlesque
- Website: www.flexdancecompany.org
- Warnings/Labels: Adult themes, sexual content, strong language
At Motion Pacific
- Friday July 12 at 10:00pm
- Monday July 15 at 9:30pm
- Wednesday July 17 at 9:00pm
- Friday July 19 at 11:00pm
- Saturday July 20 at 8:30pm
Artist: Flex Dance Company
Show: To Have Loved
FLEX Dance Company takes you on a journey through the dating scene and straight to the bedroom. This collaborative, contemporary dance show will leave you squirming in your seat and leave you craving more.
Artistic Director: Leslie Johnson
Performers: Melissa C. Wiley, Molly Katzman, Rachael Bianchi, Leesha Zieber, Eli Weinberg, Sara Russell, Chelsea Moreno, Patrick Sheck, Ian Crowell, Morgan True, Nadia Lewis, Sarah Kocina, Sierrah Dietz
What started as a small dance collective out of Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA is now an aspiring young dance company of 12 eclectic dancers. FLEX is known for high-octane athletic performance, using contemporary choreography that is endlessly inventive. FLEX Dance Company, directed by Leslie Johnson, is described as an "all- out, high energy, rock the rafters tour-de-force". Julia Chiapella writes, "The 10 members that comprise FLEX rise to the challenge, flipping, leaping, rolling, and tossing one another into each others arms. To watch FLEX in action is to engage in head-shaking, breathtaking astonishment: it's hard to believe what these dancers can do.”
The dance company, known for Johnson's unique contemporary style, has performed for the Grand Opening of The Crocker Theater in Aptos, CA, Motion at the Mill and The 418 Project in Santa Cruz, UNIFY at The Montgomery Theater in San Jose as well as at DAMSF in San Francisco to name a few. FLEX, also completed their first ever tour in the summer of 2012 traveling from Portland, Oregon to Tijuana, Mexico performing in theaters, festivals, and unlikely spaces along the way. "I have had the great experience of witnessing Leslie Johnson's stellar tour-de-force company, FLEX. She pushes, prods, and strokes the imagination, all the while leading us down her tantalizing path towards exhilaration and raw beauty. I'm excited to see where time and creative indulgence lead her...the path is ascending."- Cat Willis, Executive Director, Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center. FLEX Dance Company is a current company in residence at Motion Pacific.
Leslie Johnson extensively studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern, tap, and musical theater for 15 years. She has had the opportunity to teach/choreograph at dance studios, high schools, and colleges in the bay area winning top awards and honors with her choreography. Recently, her choreography was selected to be in the 2012 American College Dance Festival Gala Performance. Upon moving to Santa Cruz, Johnson founded Flex Dance Company in 2008 and has produced multiple full-length performances as well as performing in multiple benefits, emerging artists showcases, festivals, and community shows in the bay area. She danced for Tawnya Kuzia in RUGGED at its inception, toured with Cid Pearlman's Touring Project, and recently performed with Dietzman and Co. In 2010 Johnson was the Artist in Residence at The 418 Project, and Flex is currently the Company in Residence at Motion Pacific where she teaches adult classes. Leslie opened her own studio in the fall of 2012, Pacific Arts Complex, where she directs a pre-professional teen company. Leslie is constantly striving to evolve her work as a mover and as a choreographer with the intention of inspiring and instilling a greater appreciation and love of dance throughout her community.