Johanna Bernstein Wilt joined Cincinnati Ballet in 1981 and danced for 11 seasons before becoming Ballet Mistress in 1992. In August 2013 she was promoted to Artistic Associate. Bernstein Wilt has staged ballets for notable choreographers such as Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, Kirk Peterson, David Nixon, Peter Anastos, Val Caniparoli, William Whitener and Jessica Lang for Cincinnati Ballet and other prominent ballet companies. She recreated, in conjunction with Frederic Franklin, CBE, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Movements of Léonide Massine’s Seventh Symphony for Cincinnati Ballet, which has received praise in The New York Times as well as many other national and international dance publications. Her choreographic credits include Everyday Is a New Beginning, for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Works during the 08-09 Season, and A Hero’s Prayer for the 11-12 New Works to commemorate her 30 years of work at Cincinnati Ballet. Last summer she choreographed the Elgar Pas de Deux for Lumenocity. In the 14-15 Season Bernstein Wilt re-staged Septime Webre’s Peter Pan and ALICE (in wonderland) for Cincinnati Ballet.
In her role of Artistic Associate from 2013 – 2015 Johanna concentrated on building the technical skills and artistry of the Company while simultaneously strengthening relationships with dancers, leading to her promotion to Associate Artistic Director at the onset of the 2015-2016 Season.