Marquez Johnson is a current principal dancer with Tucson based contemporary dance company Artifact Dance Project. As well, he is on faculty as an adjunct instructor with the University of Arizona’s School of Dance. Marquez holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona as well as a BFA in Dance and a BA in Communication. While at the University of Arizona, He has performed works by Sam Watson, Douglas Nielsen, Amy Ernst, José Limón, David Berkey and Ohad Naharin. He was a rehearsal assistant for Miguel Perez in his piece “Before Reality Sets In” and Michele Gifford in the restaging of “The American” by Charles Wheeldon. Recently, he performed the role of Baby Face Nelson in Artifact’s premiere of Surrounding Dillinger and has completed performing the role of Holofernes in the premier of Judith and their production of Downtown. He taught contemporary dance and premiered a new work entitled “…to an end” in Artifact Dance Project’s Summer Intensive in 2017. He was also commissioned to create a new piece for Tucson’s MLK Celebration entitled “What Good Am I”. Under the direction of Michael Williams, he participated as a co-host for the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase while completing his thesis work, “Forecast”. Marquez has been a guest artist for the Barbea Williams Performance Company, performing and choreographing Africana-centered excerpts. He, as well, was a guest artist for Ballet Rincon and Arizona Arts Collective and Coalition in their production of The Nutcracker while teaching at local dance studios Danswest and Dance Force 1. Currently, Marquez just finished his ninth season with Artifact Dance Project and is the co-director of the College of Fine Arts Step Up Outreach Dance Program. Marquez is honored to be surrounded by inspiring teaching artists and choreographers while working alongside with them this summer as a part of the Perry-Mansfield teaching faculty.