Allison Griswold

Tupelo, Ms

Allison is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performing arts advocate. A Tupelo native, she holds a BFA in Dance Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (Dallas,TX).

Before college, Allison trained at Virginia School of the Arts in Lynchburg, and at North MS Dance Centre in Tupelo. She also studied in New York, London, Memphis, and Birmingham, AL.In years past, Allison taught classes at North Mississippi Dance Center and Covenant Arts Conservatory.

During the 2009-2010 school year, she was a full-time Visual Motor Specialist at King Early Childhood Education Center.

From 2012-2014, she was on staff at The Dance Foundation in Birmingham. There, Allison taught class in studio and also traveled to local schools and childcare centers, on a weekly basis, as part of their community partnership and satellite programs.

In Spring 2014, Allison designed a dance integration curriculum for English Language Learners in 1st and 2nd grade, in partnership with Hoover City Schools.

In 2015, Allison returned to Tupelo, where she began teaching for North MS Dance Centre and The Doniphan Dance Project.

Allison specializes in arts integration and site-specific dance classes. She enjoys working with teaching partners to target academic and developmental goals through dance concepts.Accordingly, she continues to contribute to statewide efforts through teaching engagements and collaborative partnerships.

This year, Allison joins a state committee for the development of dance standards at the MS Department of Education. She also works with students and teachers in Mississippi as part of MAC's Whole Schools Initiative.

Allison uses NDEO standards, notes from her background, and other resources to build student-focused lessons. When she is not teaching, she enjoys volunteering for community arts organizations.

  • Work
    • Children's Dance Foundation
  • Education
    • Southern Methodist University