It Started as a Show...

"I was just a young artist with something to say and I wanted to say it through choreography.  My intention was to create a show. I had no idea of the purposeful life that would unfold for me in my obedience of using the art of dance to heal people."

-Terrance M. Johnson, Founder

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TMJ Dance Project Founding Company: Toya Sheppard, Tristan Rodney, Shaun Howard,

Anthony Wade, Jessica Richardson, Cami Byrd, Tyrone Buskey, Shammon Wise

Our Story

The TMJ Dance Project was founded on March 15, 2016 by Terrance M. Johnson. Terrance formed the organization with the intention of being a small collective of professional dance artists that would create project-based dance concerts and dance training workshops for children and families in communities where there was no access or inclusion in the art of dance.


The organization's first project was held  in August of 2016, produced in partnership with South Dallas Cultural Center, and sponsored in part by the City of Dallas Office of Art & Culture. This project consisted of a free dance training workshop for children in the South Dallas/Fair Park community, and weekend concert series of live dance performances for family audiences. 


The completion of the organization's first project uncovered a need for consistent dance education and training programs in middle and low-income communities, so it was decided that the performing collective would shift into a full-service dance organization that would use the art of dance to make positive impact in middle and low-income communities.  

​On September 29, 2016 the TMJ Dance Project became a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization designed to use

the art of dance to enrich the lives of children and families in historically underserved living communities.