Johnnie Hobbs, III is a tap dancer, director, and performer who has offered his talents to many Philadelphia & L.A. theatre companies such as The New Freedom Theatre, Adren Theatre Company, Interact Theatre and Matrix Theatre. Johnnie, took acting and dance classes at a young age, his parents were teachers at Freedom Theatre, and they encouraged him to find his own way. He soon followed in their footsteps as a performer. Freedom Theatre, a performing arts center in Philadelphia, was the start of it all. He still goes back to teach a few classes and say his hellos.
The child of actor/director/teacher & dancer/ choreographer; Johnnie Hobbs, Jr. & Patricia Scott Hobbs, Johnnie started tap dancing at the age of 15 by teaching himself art form on an Ikea board in his basement while watching old Fred Astaire and Bojangles VHS tapes and Savion Glover. By the age of 17 he had been featured on The Showtime at the Apollo and had been performing on Philadelphia's Merriam Theatre and Arts Bank stages. Thanks to his father, Johnnie's major big influence in tap dance is non other than Sammy Davis Jr. who Johnnie refers to as "Hands down The Greatest Entertainer To Ever Live"
Johnnie's tap influences ar Sammy Davis Jr., John Bubbles, Gregory Hines, Fred Astaire, Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde and Baby Lawrence to name a few.
Johnnie's film and TV influences are Sidney Lumet, Tom Ford, Cohen brothers, Bryan Cranston, Sidney Poitier, Martin Scorses, Larry David, and Jack Cardiff to name a few.
As well as acting and dancing, Johnnie set out to make a short film called "Nostalgia", a tap drama starring Dule Hill (Psych, The West Wing) his father Johnnie Hobbs, Jr. and world famous tap dancers Jason Samuels Smith and Chloe Arnold. Producers Johnnie Hobbs, III, Dulé Hill and Dustin Felder (acting coach to Jaden Smith & rapper/actor Common), directed by Johnnie Hobbs, III & co-written by Hobbs and Jason Messina. The film was inspired by Johnnie growing up watching movie musicals and classic dramas like "Barkley's on Broadway" and Sidney Lumet's "The Pawnbroker" and "Network".
"Nostalgia" is a cross between movie musical fantasy and conflict drama. It was filmed in New York and Philadelphia, and has premiered in film festivals around the country and has been talked about in the Huffington Post. Some of those festivals include NYLA International Film Festival, The International Tap Film Festival in Paris, France, Pan African Film Festival (Best Short Film Nominee), and En Route Dance Film Festival where the film received the Audience Choice Award. Newport Beach Film Festival in Los Angeles, The Cleveland Urban Film Festival (Best Short Film) Roxbury Film Festival and The Langston Hughes African Film Festival. "Nostalgia" was written to become a feature film and has been written as such. Johnnie plans to direct and produce a full length version of this piece and open up the Academy Awards with a dance number from the movie.
Published on Aug 07, 2013