Stacy Letrice is a performer, choreographer, instructor, and dance/movement therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field of dance. The Chicago native began her dance journey at the age of eight after seeing an annual energetic
celebration of African and African American dance called, Dance Africa.
She first studied African Dance at Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago’s children classes, which were led by Vaune Blalock. She later continued her journey under the direction of
Danny Diallo Hinds at Sundance Productions. Sundance developed her dance background by providing her with training in African drumming, ballet, jazz, tap, hiphop, Dunham, Caribbean, and West African dance.
In 1998, Stacy joined Muntu Dance Theatre for seven years before attending Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Sociology. While attending Kenyon, Stacy expanded her training abroad at the
University of Cape Town in South Africa with Maxwell Xolani Rani.
After returning to Chicago in 2009, Stacy became a member of Ayodele Drum and Dance and joined the company on their first study trip to Bahia, Brazil. Former instructor, Danny Diallo Hinds presented Stacy’s first major teaching opportunity in 2010, where she taught at the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados Dance Program. In 2011, Stacy graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling.
Soon after, she returned to her Muntu family, which allowed her to work with wellknown choreographer, Jeffrey Page
(Beyoncé tour 2007, Billboard awards 2005, and Emmy nominated). Stacy has also worked with rising choreographer, Asiel Hardison. Hardison is the dance captain for Lady Gaga, a background dancer for Rihanna’s 2016 ANTI tour, and is a guest Choreographer for the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance.
It was her passion for reggae, dancehall, and afrobeat styles that led her to become one of the principal dancers and dance coordinator at the Shrine Chicago; a concert venue and nightclub that existed in the South Loop for seven years. With the support of the Shrine, Stacy produced three successful events featuring Beyoncé’s leading dancers and wellknown crews within Chicago. Stacy has also performed with artists such as Les Twins, MC Lyte, Lady Patra, Tarrus Riley, Elephant Man, Mystikal, Juvenile, Twista, Serani, Mr. Vegas, Kimberly Gipson, Wayne Wonder, Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Praiz and Chaka Demus & Pliers.
While attending the True Jamaican Dancehall Camp in Australia in February of 2015, Stacy was noticed by Latonya Style, the creator of DanceJA School in Jamaica and one of the world’s most renowned instructors. Latonya describes Stacy as “the dancer with loads of passion, attitude, charisma, and style”. She appointed Stacy the official Chicago representative of her dancehall technique (Stylish Moves). Prior to meeting Latonya, Stacy received her first AfroDancehall teaching opportunity from Lady Sol Garcia. Garcia is a street dance professional from Chicago who is recognized globally as a Creative Director, manager, producer, and educator.
Since 2015, Stacy has continued perfecting her AfroDancehall Fusion classes, which are currently on the rise around the world. AfroDancehall Fusion integrates traditional West African movement, Jamaican Dancehall, and African pop culture dances; creating a colorful montage of movement of the Diaspora. This specialty style was premiered at the DanceJA School in Jamaica in 2015, presented in
Australia at the second True Jamaican Dancehall Camp in February of 2016, and showcased in Chicago’s Choreographer’s Carnival in the spring of 2016.
Stacy is the only certified Stylish Moves instructor in the Midwest and the first to host an authentic dancehall workshop with Latonya Style in Chicago. Her jaw
dropping performance as queen at the Windy City Carnival assisted the Team Jamaica mas band in winning their first Windy City Carnival as 2016 Mas Band of The Year. Stacy further developed her training with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre at their 2016 summer intensive. Her career continues to skyrocket with performances on mega festival stages including: One Africa Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and Afropunk.
Most recently, Stacy works closely with Chicago’s own Pastor Charles Jenkins (Stellar Award Winner and Grammy Nominee) as his choreographer and dancer. She also performs regularly with rising Chicago artist, Sir the Baptist (BET Award Nominee).
Stacy remains highly dedicated to using her dance and counseling experiences to provide healing, fitness, and positive outlets for children and adolescents who partake in After School Matters, the Chicago Park District, and Catholic schools within the Chicago area. Stacy is also currently focusing on her development as an instructor, choreographer, and performer. When asked why she dances, Stacy always replies, “I know there is a God because I feel him when I dance.”