JENNY SPARKS GRIZZARD
Jenny Sparks-Grizzard hails originally from Columbus, Georgia and began dancing at the age of two. She holds a B.A. in Dance and English from The University of Alabama and a B.S. in Secondary English Education from Kennesaw State University. She studied dance with many prestigious and talented dance instructors including Rita Snyder, Edie Barnes, Lori Bellilove, Shane Hall, Janet Roddy, Melissa Williams, and the Carnegie Professor of the Year in 2002, Cornelius Carter. While in college, she had the privilege of performing the Spanish Variation in The Great Moscow Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker and was the scholarship winner/summer intensive counselor for The New York City Rockette Experience working alongside Eileen Grace. She was a performer and choreographer for The Alabama Repertory Dance Theater and Dance Alabama! As a student and competitive dancer, she received numerous awards and titles including Miss Georgia Universal Dance Association, Miss Winners Dance, the talent winner for the Miss Teen Columbus pageant as well as the Miss Teen Georgia pageant, 2006 Alabama Teacher State Dance Champion, and was a finalist for the 2011 A-Town Dancers. She has taught dance classes and workshops throughout Alabama and Georgia for ten years. As a teacher, her choreography has earned many accolades and awards including “Most Entertaining” at Tremaine Dance Competition. Her choreography and performances have been featured in Gadsden, Alabama’s The Messenger, the 2003 Jubilation Magazine, the 2005 Issue of Dancer Magazine, the October 2010 Issue of Talon Magazine, and Columbus, Georgia’s Ledger Enquirer. She has several successful former dance students pursuing dance degrees (some on scholarship), working pre-professionally, or professionally in a variety of manners: on cruise ships, The Atlanta Hawks dance team, JSU ballerinas, UGA dance dawgs, UA dance majors, BYU dance majors, UAB Golden Girls, and one student who outscored the famous Abby Lee Dance company in 2012. She choreographed and co-directed South Paulding High School’s spring production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Currently, she resides in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia with her husband, son, and two dogs. She just completed her 7th year teaching English/Language Arts and the Teaching Apprentice course at Northside High School and is thrilled to join the staff of Prodigy Dance Center.