Our instructors

Matia Johnson

Name: Matia Johnson

Hometown: Antioch, California

How can people find you on social media? @herestheti on Instagram @justmatia on Snapchat

Favorite part about Banana Skirt? A dance workout is better than the gym to me! I feel like I could dance back up today!

Favorite music video: Remember the Time-Michael Jackson

Favorite quote: “I am seeking the fullest expression of myself”- Oprah Winfrey

How did you get into dancing? I’ve been dancing since I could remember. I started dancing at church in our annual church production of Black Nativity. I still have videos of 3 year old me knowing all the steps and always on beat. haha. God did that!!

What do you love most about dancing? Dancing is such a release and therapeutic experience for me. I feel like myself and I can say through my body what I might not say verbally. Dancing let’s me be bold without regrets. Go big or go home!

Dream vacation: ANYWHERE near or preferably ON the water. I LOVE the beach! I would love to go to Brazil for about 2 weeks and learn some Portuguese, meet a beautiful man, and dance. I feel that I was Brazilian in my former life.

Tell us something random about yourself: I have an obsession with counting stairs, usually just ascending. If I lose count I have to stop and guesstimate before I can carry on. I just have to count them!