Greene concluded her professional studies at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where she received numerous awards in acting and dance before landing her first international tour of a West Side Story. On tour, she was appointed the position of female dance captain by Tony Award-nominated Broadway choreographer/director, Joey McKneely. In 2007, Greene rejoined the cast of a West Side Story through special invitation in Paris, France for its 50th Anniversary tour. She has also danced for acclaimed Broadway choreographer Donald Byrd on the musical workshop of “The Color Purple on Broadway” which was later produced by Oprah Winfrey.
Traci was a full-time dance instructor at NY Public Schools and Houston Independent School district where she was elected one of HISD’s 2010 Teacher of the Year nominees. She continued to train, teach, and choreograph throughout the U.S. before opening her award-winning dance studio, The Houston Dance Lab, in 2010. It was through her experience as a dance teacher and studio owner that she discovered the immense and aspiring talent that existed within the city of Houston and the need for arts programs that could support and empower young underserved dancers who wished to study and pursue a professional career in the performing arts.
In 2013, she founded Culture Arts Initiative, Inc. to support young dancers who desired to study dance but were unable to due to affordability, availability, or lack of exposure to the art form. Culture Arts Initiative has awarded over $80,000 in scholarship awards to date to underrepresented young dancers (throughout the country) including the Traci Greene Collegiate Scholarship awards. Through Culture Arts Initiative's scholarship programs, many of its students have been accepted and able to attend some of the most prestigious dance programs in America, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the Houston Ballet Academy, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy- Los Angeles, and undergraduate dance programs at University of Texas at Austin, and the Juilliard School, to name a few.
Traci is the Creative Director and Producer of Houston’s Urban Nutcracker, an annual city-wide community outreach production hosted by CAI in the city of Houston. Houston’s Urban Nutcracker has been revered by sold-out audiences since its inaugural production in 2018 and has become a Houston’s holiday favorite!
Traci was appointed the position of Dance Director and Coach of the Southern University Fabulous Dancing Dolls and enjoys sharing her knowledge with dancers at her beloved alma mater. Traci was asked to be a special guest speaker at the the 2023 Essence Festival to speak about the evolution of HBCU dance, her work with the Southern University Fabulous Dancing Dolls and her unique contribution to underrepresented young girls in arts.
Traci can be seen on ABC television’s Localish, KPRC's Houston LIfe, Good Morning America, the Houston Chronicle, and Brown Girl's Do Ballet. Traci is the proud recipient of Houston Health Fest's 2018 Changemakers "Metamorphisis" award, the 2018 National Black Girl Excellence "Arts and Culture" award, and the MLK Servant Leaders "Community Impact" award, and the 2023 Top 30 Influential Women of Houston award.
She is now excited to share her over 30 years of professional knowledge and expertise in award-winning dance team programming, training, and theatrical production with her fellow teachers, studio directors, program directors, and coaches through Traci Greene Dance Consulting. Traci is married to Adraon Greene, Esq. who is Chairman of the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston. They have one son.
"My goodness, Traci Greene, you are a force! The passion that went into this work poured onto the stage and down the aisles! There is absolutely no ceiling for you. God bless!..."
– Kimberly O.