Amy Johnson is a full-time traditional jazz & swing dance performer, teacher, and producer of one of the most prestigious swing dance festivals in the world, The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival & The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown. She also co-produces (with local musician Ben Polcer) a week-long music and dance camp called Welbourne Jazz Camp, and tours as a dancer with Meschiya Lake & The Lil Big Horns.
After spending 9 years studying swing dancing and traveling around the country, Amy spontaneously moved to New Orleans in January 2007. Not long after that move, she had a serendipitous meeting in the streets of New Orleans with the now defunct Loose Marbles, a band of young traditional jazz musicians who had also just moved to the city. From then on, she began performing almost every day on Royal Street in New Orleans, Washington Square Park in New York, and on street corners and squares of Amsterdam and Berlin. Amy still works closely on various music and dance projects with former members Meschiya Lake, Chance Bushman, Jason Jurzak, and Ben Polcer.
Since her fateful move to New Orleans in 2007, Amy has been influential in encouraging some of the nations top swing dancers to move to the city. With the addition of The NOLA Swing Dance Fest & The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Amy is responsible for the migration of many more swing dancers to New Orleans, and has been instrumental in introducing New Orleans music to a broader audience of swing dancers and jazz fans world-wide. Amy is co-founder (with Chance Bushman) of the non-profit organization, Nola Jitterbugs, and spends most of her time teaching dance, producing events, touring, writing and performing local vaudeville acts, and dancing at the Spotted Cat Music Club.