Artist Bio

Terence Greene is the Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director of The GreeneWorks Project.  For 17 years,  Mr. Greene was Dance Director of his alma mater: The Cleveland School of the Performing Arts.

Mr. Greene has danced and studied at Karamu House, Cleveland Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.  He has performed at dance festivals in China, Korea, Russia, Poland and Germany.

Mr. Greene further honed his performance chops in theatre and touring productions of Dream Girls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Black Nativity, Show Boat, The Merry Widow, Carousel and The Great Lakes Theater Festival debut of Comedy of Errors. He has choreographed for Karamu House, Dancing Wheels, The Greene Metcalf Movement, August Wilson Dance Theater, Verb Ballet, the American Dance Festival, Ballet Tech, and the Ballet Performing Arts Association.

The list of individual artists whose choreography he has danced is long and includes Cleveland-based African drummer, Linda Thomas Jones, choreographers Donald McKayle, Ulysses Dove, Mike Malone, Donald Byrd, and Kevin Ward. 

His mentors include:

  •  Jeraldyne Blunden, founder of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and MacArthur Fellow,
  • Walter Raines, charter dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • James Truitte, charter dancer with the Lester Horton Dance Group
  • Dance pioneers, Pearl Primus, Talley Beatty, Eleo Pomare, Dianne McIntyre
  • Contemporary masters such as Ronald K. Brown, Shapiro and Smith, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Kevin Iaga Jeff and renowned teachers: Reggie Kelly, Eugenia Payne, Leslie Braswell, Kevin Ward and Dawn Wood just to name a few.


  • Terence Greene has won numerous awards; however, his foremost honors are the Josie Award for Best Male Dancer while performing with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and the Star Award for his many years of service and dedication in the field of dance for the Cleveland School of the Performing Arts. 
  • Mr. Greene is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious CPAC Creative Workforce Fellowship.

Terence Greene’s love for choreography and teaching young people is evident in his extensive credits of schools and pre-professional dance companies with which he has worked.  All student dancers look their best in his choreography.  A partial list includes:

  • Cleveland School of the Arts
  • Howard University Children’s Theater
  • International Association of Blacks in    Dance conference
  • Kappa School of Performing Arts
  • Purdue University
  • Stivers School for the Performing Arts
  • Valencia College
  • Wittenberg Dance Ensemble
  • Karamu House Theatre