Hip-Hop and Jazz Instructor
Lacee Johnson started dancing at the age of two in Austin, Texas. Under the instruction of Gay Pollock, she competitively trained in various genres including jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop, tap, classical ballet, the Cecchetti method, pointe, and even clogging. Her success as a competitive dancer led to her working individually with many renowned choreographers across the country, and she began touring as a teaching assistant with Co. Dance and iHollywood Dance Convention. In her teens, she became a professional dancer in Reverence Dance Project, and company apprentice for Justin Giles’ SoulEscape Company. In 2018, she received a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Kinesiology from Texas Tech University. In Lubbock, she developed her skills as a choreographer for the production of “Altar Boys” at Lubbock Community Theatre and Monterey High School Pop Shows. She was also the President of the University Dance Company and a member of Dancers With Soul: Hip Hop Team, in addition to being commissioned for Dr. Ali Duffy's professional work, "Undertow" at the Robinson Hall in North Carolina. After graduation, Lacee moved to Los Angeles to further study the commercial industry and her individual artistry. There, she trained at Millenium Dance Complex, ML studios, Playground LA, and Edge Performing Arts Center. In 2019, she got engaged to her now husband, and moved to Dallas, Texas to further pursue her passion for teaching. Right away, she became the competition director for Downtown Dance and Performing Arts Centre in McKinney, Tx. In four seasons, she built a strong foundation for their competition company, received several more choreography awards, and helped them win a multitude of 1st place and specialty awards at the largest competitions in Texas. She uses her minor in kinesiology to teach students about their bodies and how to keep them safe. She is very passionate about mental and physical health and safety in dance. She also encourages dancers to build self-esteem and stand up for what they believe in. Her main mission is to inspire youth to become respectful, talented artists/humans that give back to their communities.