Ryan Kenneth Johnson (Artistic Director) is a virtuosic performer, choreographer and artistic
director of SOLE Defined. He is a well-known national and international performer who has
been called “purely amazing” by Septime Weber, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet. In
2008 & 2017, was awarded a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council for his choreography.
Johnson made history in 2010 by becoming the first tap dancer to win the DC Metro Dance
Awards: Outstanding Solo Performance.
Johnson has performed in The Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil as Sugar Plum, and One Drop by
Cirque Du Soleil. He was a part of the NYC and touring cast of the hit show STOMP where he
played Particle Man and Ringo. For six years of his career, Johnson was the soloist and
production manager for the world renown step company Step Afrika!, and the resident tap
dancer for The Washington Ballet’s “The Great Gatsby.” Johnson performed in the Tony Award
winning show After Midnight created by Jack Viertel and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with
He has premiered new works at the International Body Music Festival in Brazil, New York City
Tap Festival: Tap International, and Cirque Du Soleil with The Nevada Ballet’s “A
Choreographers’ Showcase” in Las Vegas. Of this performance, the Las Vegas Review Journal
wrote, “Urban Jungle: The Village, by Ryan Johnson of The Beatles LOVE, is a burst of pure
feeling, the most infectious entry of the program.”
Johnson credits his passion for the arts to his mother, Vanessa Jackson, and tap teacher Mary
Quynn Johnson, (Art Education Director), is a native of Flint, Michigan, a Howard University
graduate and Arts in Education Director for SOLE Defined. Johnson is a multi-award winning
performer, teaching artist, and author. Most recently she toured as the featured tap soloist in
the Tony Award Winning Production, After Midnight. She was a featured soloist in the
Washington Ballet’s production of “The Great Gatsby” and at The Source Festival. She has
performed at The Lincoln Center, in the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s One Drop production
“Mosaic”, National Tap Extravaganza in New York City, Tapology Festival for Youth,
International Festival del Folklorico in Buenaventura, Colombia, and the Festival del Pacifico in
Cali, Colombia. The Washington Post describes her as having a “deliciously buoyant movement
quality and a natural organic rhythm,” having received the 2014 & 2017 Individual Artist Award
for Dance: Choreography (MSAC). As a teaching artist, Ms. Johnson has reached 5,500+ youth
through assemblies, residences, and workshops. Quynn is excited to lead SOLE Defined’s
newest initiative, SOLE Stepz Arts in Education Program, promoting the integration of
percussive dance with math and reading for youth grades k-12.
Jodeci Milhouse (Dance Captain), is blazing her way in the industry through music and dance.
Originally from Augusta Georgia, Jodeci started her dance training in North Carolina at the age
of 6. She then continued her studies in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, clogging and
hip hop. She began assisting on the competitive circuit, “Showstoppers” alongside Dena Rizzo at
the young age of 13. Ms. Milhouse started her professional career soon after. She has worked
with renowned Directors and Choreographers such as Kenny Ortega, Debbie Allen, Geo Hubela,
and Dena Rizzo. Her professional credits include Jacobs Pillow, Shakespeare Theatre, Disney,
The Kennedy Center, and Showtime at the Apollo as well as international performances and
numerous instructional dance videos.
She became a member of Sole Defined Dance Company located in Washington, DC December
2014. Jodeci currently teaches dance around the Virginia, Maryland and DC area and performs
both nationally and internationally with Sole Defined.