Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Johnny came to Los Angeles in 1996. At first he shared none of his brothers' interest in Salsa, but that eventually changed when he began taking classes taught from his older brother Luis.
Johnny's other older brother, Francisco, saw a natural talent for dance in him and took him under his wing. Eventually the two began training for competition and choreographing together. They formed Los Rumberos Dance Company in the 1996 and began competing and performing around the globe.