John Rokita started dancing when he was 13 years old and has now been dancing for over 27 years. John’s training has been extensive over the years; from training locally with nationally award winning competition teams and studios, to relocating to Los Angles to train professionally. John has been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the most world renowned teachers and choreographers in the industry including Travis Payne, Russell Simmons, Dee Caspary, Chris Dupre, Marguerite Derricks, Ray Leaper, Joe Tremaine, Michael Rooney, Frank Hatchet, Gus Giordano, Keith Clifton, Jeff Amsden, Doug Caldwell, Jackie Sleight, Sylivia Haas, Terry Lindholm, Jeanette Swider, Sally Whalen, Kelly Larkin, Desiree Robbins, Stevie Ray Anthony, Joseph Craig, Michael Rohrbacher, and Gina Bon. As a result, John’s performance career alone allowed him the opportunity to dance and perform in four different countries and some of the top venues and state of the art facilities.
John has performed featured and ensemble roles in shows such as The Shoji Tabuchi Show in Branson, Missouri, several Walt Disney shows throughout California, Chicago, and Puerto Rico, and the critically acclaimed dance company and show A Few Good Men Dancing which performed on Broadway in New York, and throughout North America and Europe. John has also performed at corporate events for major companies such as Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, and Dr.Pepper. During his performance career, John was sought out to become a national dance competition adjudicator for companies such as Prime Time Dance, Starlight Dance Competition & Spotlight Dance Cup.
At an early age John discovered his love and passion for teaching dance. He started teaching at the age of 16 and has done so nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Some of the most recognizable names John has taught and been on staff for include The St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, Debbie Reynolds, and The Edge Performing Arts Center. John has also taught master classes and nationally award winning choreography in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Kentucky, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Washington, Alaska, and Alberta, Canada.
John’s connections in the industry allowed him to create his own dance company The Collaboration, where he worked with the area’s top choreographers and studio directors, and some of the best talent in the region. The Collaboration Dance Company performed several sold out shows in the St. Louis area.
Currently John continues to travel throughout the country teaching, choreographing, adjudicating and working with the nation’s leading in-house dance convention, Flow 40. John looks forward to sharing his passion, knowledge, experience and expertise of dance at Rokita Dance Center for generations to come.
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