Glenda K. Folk is an award winning arts educator honored by the National Art Education Association. In her early career, she was a professional dancer and choreographer working in films, television and stage productions. She and her daughter, Trisha Folk, founded Arizona Dance Theatre, a professional dance, drama and visual arts center that mentored thousands of students in their life-long appreciation of visual and the performing arts. Many students became professional performers under the tutelage of the Folk family. The Folks are noted for developing goal setting, self-discipline and collaborative skills in their students, all within a wholesome, age and stage of development-appropriate setting. Over the years, students testify about how artistic training influenced and enhanced their professional achievements.
Glenda earned three university degrees in visual arts: A BFA, Summa cum Laude, a Master of Arts in art education and a Master of Fine Arts in painting. She has distinguished herself through creating a series of artworks based on her performing arts career, and teaches performing and visual arts through university levels. Glenda was nominated twice for the Governor's Art Award.
Glenda's career as a professional dancer and choreographer in films, television and stage performance for fifteen years include being the principal dancer for international producer Frederic Apcar, six years, Las Vegas. Other choreographers that she has worked with during her career include: Hermes Pan, Silk Stockings, with Fred Astaire; Michael Bennett of Chorus Line fame; Bye-Bye Birdie, the role of Gloria; Bob Fosse, Pajama Game, All That Jazz; Jack Baker, This Could Be the Night; Ron Lewis, Florence Frederic Dance Company; Aida Broadbent, Jimmy Durante television series, Glenda Folk, assistant choreographer; Dorothy Dorben, New Frontier Hotel and Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas; Donn Arden, Moulin Rouge, Larry Maldonado, Lestor Horton Revival; Peter Gennaro, Folies Bergere
Glenda is a motivational speaker at international, national and state conferences, sharing curricula that meet highest, national, educational standards. Glenda developed effective studio art and art history, Advanced Placement programs for urban high schools, and mentors students to meet their educational and professional goals. Glenda is successful in motivating students who are first in their families to attend colleges and universities. She is a published author and produces research based on her interest in achieving equity for females is the visual and performing arts.
- Founder and co-director for Arizona Dance Theatre, a private school for performing and visual arts (1985-2003).
- Art Educator for Advanced Placement Studio Art and Art History, Central High School, Phoenix, AZ (1992-2006).
- Assistant Professor, Art Education, Northern Arizona University, 2002-2003-Sabbatical position
- Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts and Art History, 2000-2012, Maricopa Community Colleges
- Free-lance, professional artist, performing and visual arts educator, 2003-present.
- Performance Arts Consultant and Educator at DC Dance AZType your paragraph here.