In Memory of

Dianne Cole Johnson

September 22, 1952 - June 21, 2014



On Saturday June 21 2014, a candle went out in Carrollton, as friends and family said goodbye to Dianne Cole Johnson, following complications from cancer. Dianne opened Dianne Cole Johnson School of Dance in 1976, and for nearly forty years, she impacted the Dallas community with her unique personality and love for dance.

Dianne grew up in Oak Cliff, attending Kimball High School, where she served as an officer on her drill team and an early advocate of dance. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Shortly after graduation, Dianne married her husband, Mike, and moved to Carrollton to establish DCJ Dance. Dianne's knowledge of dance, paired with her passion for teaching, has made DCJ Dance an incredible place for thousands of dancers across North Texas. Dianne and her staff touched the lives of many, inspiring dancers to dream big and work hard. Many of her dancers have gone on to reach incredible heights in the dance world, while others have chosen to shine in careers outside of dance; in either scenario many attribute their work ethic, enthusiasm and passion to her early teachings.

Dianne had a unique and fun-filled personality, adored by so many. Her quick wit, unmistakable sarcasm, and passion for life were contagious to those around her, and laughter could often be found in the same room as Dianne. As an avid SMU football fan, Dianne could often be found on the Boulevard of SMU cheering on the ponies and loved few things more than spending time with her children and grandchildren. Dianne was loved by many and loved many in return.

Though she has left this world too soon, her legacy lives on, and DCJ Dance will continue to thrive. Her daughter, Jordan, has been serving as the studio's Director for the past several years in Dianne's absence, because of her illness and she is a strong reflection of Dianne's presence in many ways.
Dianne was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Cole, and father, Larry Cole. Dianne is survived by her husband, Michael; son, Jeremy Johnson (wife Carol); daughter, Jordan Cole (Johnson) Kemph (husband Ricky); stepson, David Johnson (wife Eldie); and grandchildren Ella and Nico Johnson & Aaron and Raquel Johnson.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 5-9 pm at Rhoton Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. with burial following at Little Elm Cemetery.