Arise & Shine Dance Intiative

by Terry Watson | November 18th, 2016
Victoria Sparks (Photos by Victoria Sparks)

Victoria Sparks (Photos by Victoria Sparks)

Victoria Sparks is the founder and director of the Arise & Shine Dance Initiative, a dance project based in Greensboro, N.C. Since a young child, she started dancing at the age of three years old at the Love and Faith Company of Dance Ministry at Love & Faith Christian Fellowship Church. Throughout her academic years, she has studied all styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, liturgical, Hip-Hop, African, ballroom and majorette. She has also participated in various dance groups and trained at various companies such as the Greensboro College Department of Dance, The Pointe! Studio of Dance, Ordained Praise School of Dance and Nan’s School of Dance.

Sparks is currently a senior at Greensboro College Middle College and she developed the Arise & Shine Dance Initiative to help young girls in grades K-5 to be empowered mentally, spiritually and physically to live a healthy lifestyle while having the opportunity to learn the art of dance. She developed the program as a result of her desire to pursue the Girl Scout Gold Award Project in the fall of 2016. The focus for the program is for participants to build dance technique, leadership, health awareness, respect, confidence, and self-esteem. In addition, the program is focused on young ladies using dance as a positive outlet to accomplish their dreams and combat health issues such as obesity or type two diabetes.

Sparks’ passion for dance inspires her the most to continue building her program in the Greensboro community. Even though she faces some challenges, she keeps herself grounded in Godly principles and surrounds herself with positive role models. She is committed to creating a phenomenal opportunity to impact young girls and engage the community in a positive environment. She also receives tremendous support from her family and local businesses and community organizations such as Nspired Athletics, Girl Scouts Peaks to Piedmont, Mrs. Glo’s Good Eating, Financial Destiny, Inc., “Money Manners for Kids” by Mrs. Sandra Bartell, Zollicoffer Photography, Advantage Health Network, The Community Health Coalition, Inc., Clara J Peck Elementary School and Unique Marketing Tools.

Sparks is currently planning the Arise & Shine Dance Initiative 1st Annual Awareness Day. The event will be held on November 12, 2016 at Clara J. Peck Elementary School. Following the Awareness Day, Sparks will hold six free health and wellness dance sessions to students at Peck Elementary School. Each session will include a 30 minute dance technique class and a 30 minute health and wellness session. The sessions will be facilitated by Sparks in conjunction with Principal Kimberly Leake and Mrs. Katina Peace Perry, curriculum facilitator. These sessions will be under the direction of Mr. Kevin Terrell Stephenson (Project Advisor) and supported by Nspired Athletics, a dance company based in Greensboro, N.C.

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