Adele Johnson's School of Performing Arts

A life dedicated to family, community, and the performing arts.

Born in Harlem, New York she lived a full life as a dedicated homemaker, mother, grandmother, arts educator, and mentor.

She leaves a distinguished record from a life dedicated to the arts and community development for young people.

Adele Johnson’s School of Performing Arts made Adele Johnson Long Island’s first African American owner of a studio with classes in acting, martial arts, music, gymnastics, exercise, and, of course, dance in tap, ballet, African, modern, and jazz.

In addition to owning a dance school, volunteering as a lunch aide at her own children’s schools, and actively serving as a community leader, Adele worked for 17 years at her local supermarket, first as a cashier then as a supervisor.

Later, she was employed, for almost 30 years, as a nurse’s aide. She worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift so she could be at home during the day for her children. 

Adele instilled in her children a spirit of wisdom. 

Adele Johnson



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