Valjeanne Taylor Grigsby

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Valjeanne Taylor Grigsby

(July 28, 1923 — August 18, 1999)

Former Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education, Clark College, and retired Dance Educator and Teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools, Mrs. Grigsby was trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Tap and International Dance.  She studied under Jose Limon, June Taylor, Syvilla Fort, Luigi, Don Farworth, Boris Novikoff (Russian American Ballet Studios), DEA, DMA, and at Columbia University (Educational Dance).

A strong proponent of Educational Dance, she was a founding member of the Georgia Alliance for Arts in Education serving as Secretary to the Executive Board from 1973-1981; Dance Advisory Panel, Georgia Commission for the Arts and Georgia Council of the Arts; Charter Member and former Chair of the Dance Panel, Fulton County Arts Council; and Chair of the 1977 State Arts Conference, Georgia Alliance for the Arts.

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L-R: N. Louise Willingham, Anita Whatley, Valjeanne T. Grigsby, Tarin D. Hampton

A pioneer in the field of Liturgical Dance, Mrs. Grigsby was also Co-owner and Director of Valma Dance Camp, Minnesota (Summer, 1961 – 65) Director, Valmar Dance & Theatre Company (1961-82); Dance Teacher for the Governor’s Honors Program (1972, 1973); and Choreographer for the Bicentennial Special for Channel 11 (1976).

Mrs. Grigsby received the Bronze Jubilee Award for Dance (1978); and the Long-time Service in Arts Award at the National Convention for the Local Arts Councils (1989).

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Valjeanne Taylor Grigsby and Mna Pearl Primus (Atlanta, GA)

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