MEET TRACI GREENE Creative Director
Traci Greene is the President and Founder of the Lab Performing Arts Initiative Inc., which is a 501c3 non-profit organization designed to enrich the lives of young people through the performing arts. Greene began her classical ballet training in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of six under the direction of Madame Elizabeth Boitsov of the Bolshoi Ballet. She continued her dance training in high school and became an NAACP Act-So Awards medalist in dance. After graduating from college, Greene continued her performing arts studies in Los Angeles and New York City at some of the nation’s top dance institutions. In Los Angeles, Greene landed two leading roles in the Los Angeles production of The Chocolate Nutcracker, which starred a young Misty Copeland and was choreographed, directed, and co-starred Debbie Allen.
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 winning 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 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, before moving to Houston. Greene continued to train, teach, and choreograph throughout the U.S. before finally opening her award-winning dance studio, The Houston Dance Lab, in 2010.
Greene (Far Left) performing on a West Side Story 50th Anniversary tour in Paris.
In 2013, she founded the Lab Performing Arts Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designed to enrich the lives of young people who are under-represented in the dance world due to affordability, availability, or lack of exposure. In 2015 and 2016 the Lab Performing Arts Initiative provided scholarships to eight Houston area youth to train in New York City at the highly acclaimed Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
Through the Lab Performing Arts Initiative’s outreach and scholarship programs, many of its students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious dance programs in America including, the American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center’s Summer Intensive, the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive, Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s Summer Intensive, the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Summer Intensive, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, New York City Dance Alliance, and the Radio City Rockettes Summer Intensive programs.