Mid-Week Intermission Staff Edition: Tori Johnson

Summer is here and that had us thinking… how can we help Austinites get back out there? So we turned to our resident curiosity monger, Tori Johnson, who just happens to be our LC Marketing Coordinator! In this Mid-Week Intermission, Tori gives us a break from it all with some trail tips and her favorite way to cut loose. And if you join us for a Drop-In, you may even see her on-the-job. Enjoy!


I’m Tori.

Photos by Katie Murray Balling

I’m the Marketing Coordinator here at the Long Center, which means I run our social channels, make sure things get paid on time (you’re welcome, vendors!), write blogs, coordinate media visits, and generally keep the wheels on in the Marketing Department.  I’ve been here almost a full year, which sometimes feels like 10 years and sometimes feels like 30 seconds.

Before I joined Team LC, I worked at several dance companies here in Austin and also in Utah, where I went to college and studied ballet. If you thought it was hard to figure out what to do with a B.A. in English, imagine a B.F.A. in Ballet. Just kidding! Ballet was my life for 20 years, and it taught me creativity, work ethic, collaboration, critical thinking, and more… all skills I use every day! There’s no feeling quite like moving your body and allowing the music (or silence!) to take you on a journey.

Speaking of journeys, one of my favorite ways to pass time (or use up my PTO 😁) is hiking. I fell in love with hiking while living in Utah, and while the Hill Country isn’t exactly the same as the Rockies, rolling hills of bluebonnets and the serpentine curves of the Pedernales make my heart beat fast in a way the mountains never will. 

Here’s me and my floof at Reimers Ranch in Dripping Springs 👉

When I’m not hiking or working, I’m usually reading a book – currently on my Kindle is Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty – or hanging out with my doggo, Apache, or doing yoga. 

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 10 years now, and even have my teaching certification with an advanced certification in process. I teach every Wednesday for a local org called The Phoenix, an active community for folks in recovery. If you’re sober or trying to be, come flow with me! I mean, look at that view 😍

Well, that’s my story! Next time you’re at The Drop-In, feel free to flag me down and say hello and ask me to show you pictures of Apache. I’ll be the one walking around taking pictures of things on my phone 😉


At the Long Center, we’ve always got a new partnership or something cool we know you’ll want to check out! Find and follow us @longcenter on your social media platform of choice, and we’ll see you real soon.

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