Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Sheri "Sparkle" Williams

Sheri "Sparkle" Williams

SHERI "SPARKLE" WILLIAMS (Company Fitness Trainer) is a native Daytonian, who has come to be known as Sparkle among her colleagues and dance enthusiasts. Currently, she embarks upon an unprecedented 41st season with the DCDC 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 DCDC’s late founder Jeraldyne Blunden. As a nationally certified fitness professional Ms. Williams serves as the company’s 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." 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 award-winning documentary short “Sparkle,” which chronicles her amazing career and tenacity against any odds. And most recently Sparkle received the 2014 Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in the category of Individual Artist for which she would like to publically thank her good friend Sharon Howard for her tireless effort in making such an honor a reality.

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