Grace A. Johnson, MPH
Grace A. Johnson began dance training at the tender age of 4 at RJV Dance Studio in Washington, DC. She mastered various genres of dance as a toddler (ballet, tap, jazz, African, Hawaiian, modern, ballroom, and comp) and she proved to be a quick study and show tremendous leadership skills at a very young age.
She received her first solo in one of RJV dance studio’s spring recital at age 6.
Grace continued to study dance under the direction of Mr. Adrian Bolton at The Christian Dance Academy where she participated in numerous plays and given countless solos in various productions.
Grace continued to study at The Christian Dance Academy and Maryland Youth Ballet through middle school mastering pointe and competitive dance. She was a member of the Mystics Mayhem youth dance team during the 2001-2002 basketball season.
At age 14, Grace was accepted to Suitland High School’s Visual & Performing Arts Program under the direction of former Principal Dancer, Barbara Marks. Grace began assisting with choreography and stage management for winter and spring recitals as a dance major at Suitland High School during her sophomore year. She was a member of Visual & performing arts Student Government Association, Varsity cheerleader, and Band dance captain.
Grace began teaching dance at many dance studios in the area at the age of 16. Grace continued to study dance outside of school at The Christian Dance Academy, Dance Theater of Harlem, The Ailey school summer intensive program, Debbie Allan Dance Academy (in California) and The Washington Ballet where she was featured in many recitals and plays.
Grace was selected by her dance teachers to represent the VPA dance program at Suitland High among other talented dancers in the state of Maryland in competition for the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award. She received the high honor and was granted a $12,000 scholarship to any school of her choice. Grace is known as a “dance legend” at her high school alma mater and continues to encourage and mentor the current VPA dance students.
Upon graduating from the prestigious Visual and Performing arts program at Suitland High, Grace had been accepted to many colleges and universities with BFA programs including Towson University, UArts, Purchase, and New School University in New York. Grace decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in Biology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (by way of Bennett College) where she continued to train at the Greensboro Ballet.
She also continued to perform and compete with well-known North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University campus dance crew “Couture Dance” and assisted with choreography during her membership with the group.
She is the Artistic Director/Creative Director and choreographer for local DMV R&B sensation PatriceLive and Moving in the Spirit Dance Ministry at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. She continues to teach ballet, pre-pointe, and Jazz at various Dance schools in the DMV area.
Grace is a published Choreographer, Dance educator, movement coach, artist developer, and dance team coach who continues to pursue her passion in dance education while encouraging creative movement with today’s youth and creating beautiful dance pieces for various recording artists and dance studios in the DMV area. She is the founder, owner, and artistic director of her very own Dance Studio and Company, NEEMA DANCE COLLECTIVE, LLC.