Shanika Johnson was born and raised in New York City. As a young girl, she studied dance at the Dance Theater of Harlem and with The Arts Connection Inc. In Middle School, she studied modern dance under the instruction of Alvin Ailey dancer Arthur Sabb.
While in college, she began to take HIp-Hop, Street Jazz and African dance classes with various teachers around New York City: In her studies, she met Funmilayo Chesney, and became a member of her Congolese dance company, FUSHA Dance Company, and performed with the company throughout the tri-state area.
Aside from performing with FUSHA dance company, Shanika has taught Street Jazz, and African dance at Movement of the Children Dancenter in Queens; and has taught Burlesque with AllureDanceNYC.