POP! Dance + Fitness
Classes + Programs
Director of POP!
Ivy Chow (MFA, BS) is a dance director, educator, choreographer and artist. Born in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, she relocated and performed professionally in the Graduate Program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, studying under Roberto Munoz, Dennis Marshall and Terrence Orr. Ivy later received her Bachelor of Science degree in Ballet Performance from Indiana University, and studied daily with Violette Verdy, Michael Vernon and Jacques Cesbron. While there she worked with Russell Kaiser, Cynthia Gregory, Sandra Jennings, Deborah Wingert and Lori Belilove. She has taught for Indiana University Pre-College Ballet, Indiana University college ballet elective, was an adjunct faculty at American University teaching ballet and has taught for CityDance since 2009. Ivy received her Master in Fine Arts in Dance from The George Washington University and is also director and choreographer of I.C. Movement Project, a contemporary ballet company. She has also performed with Washington, D.C. companies Shu-Chen Cuff’s Gin Dance Company, Asanga Domask’s SerendibDance, S. J. Ewing and Dancers and Kyoko Ruch's KyokoDansu.
Program Manager and Faculty, POP!
Mr. Johnson has served as the Associate Artistic Director of DC Contemporary Dance Theatre (DCCDT) / El Teatro De Danza Contemporarea (TDC) since 2012. He is a teacher, educator, choreographer and performing artist. He graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Public Relations. He started his professional dance career as a feature dancer in the opening / closing US Olympic ceremonies (Atlanta). He completed a six month national tour with two-time Grammy award-winning music group “Arrested Development”. Further credits include: Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan (White House performance) as well as the production teams of Michael / Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul, to name a few.
Mr. Johnson started his teaching career in the Washington, DC area in 1999. His challenging and energy-charged classes have been defined as “unique”, “inspirational” and “motivating”. His classes serve as a tool to educate and further develop students’ technical and artistic proficiencies. Mr. Johnson is still very active as a professional student and performing artist. He has trained and performed with The Lexington Ballet, Alvin Ailey (school), Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Classical Repertoire Dance Theatre (CRDT) and DC Contemporary Dance Theater. Mr. Johnson's work has been presented and taught in China, Germany and the United States. He served as the Interim Artistic Director of Georgetown University Dance Company (GUDC) and former adjunct Professor at American University. Currently, Mr. Johnson is on faculty at Catholic University and the National Cathedral School (NCS).
Sarah J. Ewing
Sarah J. Ewing is an Australian born choreographer, a CityDance Ignite Artist, and the Director of S. J. Ewing & Dancers. She has been on faculty at CityDance for 10 years, often creating new works on our students which she presents alongside her company in performances throughout Washington, DC. In 2019 Ms. Ewing was one of the first artists commissioned by the Kennedy Center to create an original work for its newly expanded campus, the REACH. She also toured a new work, Analog OnSite, to New Zealand's premier alternative arts festival, The Arcade Festival, and toured twice to Detroit. She presented a new full-length work, Gallery, at FlashDC in May. The work was re-presented by CulturalDC and CityDance at Source Theater in September for Cultural DC's 20th anniversary season. Sarah was selected to choreograph for Maryland Lyric Opera's new production of Thais, which premiered at the Kay Theater at the Clarice Performing Arts Center in January 2020. Her Company, S. J. EWING & DANCERS, has presented throughout DC at The Kennedy Center, Dupont Underground, Dance Place, Atlas Performing Arts Center, and in site-specific installations at Bread for the City, 2M Apartment Building, Flash nightclub, and The Warehouse. The Company has toured across the US to Green Space (NYC), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (MA), White Wave Dance Festival (NYC), Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC), Your Move JC (NJ), Dance Gallery Festival (TX), CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore (MD) and twice to the Detroit City Dance Festival (MI). In the 2018-2019 season, the Company had residencies in Michigan at Cranbrook School and Lightbox Theater.
Stephanie is a native of Syracuse, NY where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical from the ages of 3 through 18. She also participated in community theatre in high school and college. She was introduced to modern dance at SUNY Oswego where she received her B.A. in Human Communications. After moving to the DC area in 2007, she jumped into the dance scene, adding hip hop to the styles of dance she trains and performs in.
Over the years, Stephanie has been a member of multiple DC area dance companies of varying styles including Tappenstance, Afta Shock DC, Next Reflex Dance Collective, ARA Tap, and as a guest dancer with Glade Dance Collective. Other performance credits include: dancing for the Utz National Chip Day Celebration, dancing on the National Mall for Earth Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival, multiple DC Tap Fest All-Star Concerts, and National Tap Dance Day. Her most favorite performances were on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in a tap dance tribute to Fred Astaire, and dancing in the documentary titled, “James Brown: The Man, The Music, The Message” which aired on NBC.Stephanie has taught multiple dance styles all over the DC area, but tap dance is where her heart is. In addition to CityDance POP!, she currently teaches at Perfect Pointe Dance Studio. She also directs a local youth tap company. When she is not dancing or teaching, you'll see her behind the lens of a camera. She is honored to have attended Jacob’s Pillow in August 2019 for the Art of Photographing Dance intensive to further her skills as a photographer. Her hope is to keep growing as a student and educator of dance and one day spread the love of dance throughout the U.S.