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Chris Johnston

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Hometown: Banbridge, United Kingdom
Current location: Massachusetts, United States
Current status:

Chris Johnston, founder of SuperShag Productions, is a world-class adjudicator, instructor, TV persona, and organizer of the Caribbean DanceSport Classic as well as the DBDC - A Legendary Celebration.

Overview

Chris Johnston began his dance training at the age of 11, studying International Style Ten Dance, Ballroom and Latin in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. At the same time, he was active in a number of other various sports including soccer, hockey, golf, and tennis. The path of his dance career started with a successful dance competition focus and expanded to recognized success in the business end of dancing and entertainment.

Chris's competitive achievements included winning the All Ireland Under-16 Latin Championships three times at the ages of 13, 14 & 15. He also won the All Ireland Amateur Latin Championships at age 16, distinguishing himself by being the youngest winner of this Championship.

With a new partner, he won the European Under 21 Amateur Latin Championships in 1982. In 1987, he won the United States Open Amateur Latin Championships and was a finalist in the Amateur Latin Division of the UK Open, International Championships, and European Championships in 1988 and 1989.

Chris was also a British Open Championships Finalist in 1989. He made DanceSport history that same year with his partner as the first British couple to sign a major commercial sponsorship deal in an agreement with British Aerospace.

From 1982 to 1992, Chris appeared on television's British Come Dancing series 22 times.

In 1992, with a new partner, Chris won the Finnish Amateur Latin Championship, after which he turned Professional.

In 1993, Mr. Johnston moved to Boston, Massachusetts to work for the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. He ended up acquiring the Boston franchise in 1994.

In 1997, Chris danced for the prestigious, New York City-based American Ballroom Theater Company, broadening his dance expertise by giving exhibition dances in the Ballroom theater style of exhibition dance.

Instructor and Pro-Am Dancer

Chris brings to his dancing and dance instruction a focus on athleticism, speed, and musicality, based both on his natural dance talent and on his years of dance training in the British DanceSport tradition, studying with such renowned dance coaches as Donnie Burns, Robert Richey, Margaret Redmond, and Walter Laird.

At the 1997 Ohio Star Ball Championships, America's biggest and most publicized Ballroom Championship, Chris trained and competed with three first-place winners in Pro-Am Latin.

In 2005, Mr. Johnston became the official Latin Dance coach for Harvard University of Boston, MA. In June of the same year, he and his student, Joan Goddard, won the Inaugural Blackpool Pro/Am Challenge in American Rhythm and International Style Latin. In August, they became the Inaugural World Pro/Am American Rhythm Champions and soon after, Pro/Am American Rhythm and Latin Champions at the Ohio Star Ball Championships in November.

Business

In 1998, SuperShag Productions was formed by Chris to expand the proven record of dance training, dance business management, and entertainment production to extend well beyond the established and highly successful franchised studio customer base.

World Renowned Adjudicator and Competition Organizer

Chris Johnston was named World Class Adjudicator by the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) in 2003. He is also qualified to teach and to adjudicate Standard and Latin dance by the United Kingdom Alliance Ballroom Dance Society, and to teach and adjudicate American Smooth and Rhythm by the National Dance Council of America.

Currently, Chris is qualified as a National U.S. Judge, a World Class Judge, and a World Dance Council (WDC) Registered Adjudicator. Chris is the co-owner and co-organizer of the Caribbean DanceSport Classic and the DBDC - A Legendary Celebration.

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