Sheri "Sparkle" Williams
SHERI "SPARKLE" WILLIAMS (Company Fitness Trainer) is a native Daytonian who has come to be known, among her colleagues and dance enthusiasts as Sparkle. Currently, she embarks on an unprecedented 40th season with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and is also an original member of the New York based Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Ms. Williams has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the JOSIE Award, Fisk University's Excellence in Artistry Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, and the coveted New York Dance and Performance Award (the Bessie) to name a few. All to which she attributes the nurturing bestowed upon her by many dance educators and creators and most of all company founder, Jeraldyne Blunden. As a nationally certified fitness professional Ms. Williams serves as company Fitness Trainer charged with challenging the dancers to improve cardiovascular, strength, plyometric, and overall aesthetic prowess. Inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA working toward a dual major in Systems and Software Engineering, she credits any and all of her accomplishments to the exceptional discipline acquired through dance. As she says, "In my world it's all choreography". This year Ms. Williams was honored to have been chosen by the illustrious Academy Award nominated film makers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar to be the subject for their documentary short “Sparkle,” which chronicles her amazing career and tenacity against any odds. Ms. Williams joined the company in 1973.