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. Culture Arts Initiative has awarded over $20,000 in scholarship awards 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.
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 audience since its inaugural production in 2018 and has become a Houston’s newest holiday favorite!
Traci has been featured on ABC television’s Localish and is the proud recipient of Houston Health Fest's 2018 Changemakers "Metamorphisis" award and the 2018 National Black Girl Excellence "Arts and Culture" 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, and coaches through Traci Greene Dance Consulting.
"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.