Her ballet studies began as a child with Barbara Bounds in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She later danced with the Boston and Chicago Ballets, performing in many Nutcrackers and Balanchine ballets. In New York City, Ms. Parkerson was a trainee at the Harkness House for Ballet Arts, and on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham School, where she studied technique and learned repertory. In addition, she trained in the Limon Technique with Libby Nye and ballet with the Corvinos.
Ms. Parkerson’s choreography has been presented at many prominent international events and venues, including the Munich Theater Festival, Frankfurt’s Theatre am Turm, the Florence International Festival of Dance, Moers New Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Baden-Baden and An Appalachian Summer Arts Festival in Boone, NC, among others. In New York City, she presented annual dance programs—notably the popular ballet series To the Pointe—as Director of Dance at Holy Trinity from 1991-2001. Her work has been supported by grants from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and Con Edison. She served as the Assistant Director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center from 1996 to 1999 under the direction of Joan Finkelstein, and she has taught dance to children and adults in New York and abroad.
In recognition of her exceptional leadership contributions to Brooklyn’s cultural community, Ms. Parkerson received the Betty Smith Arts Award as part of the Women’s “Herstory” Induction Ceremony and Reception on March 22, 2007. Each year, the awards are given to six outstanding Brooklyn women. In November 2006 she received the Paul Robeson Award for Artistic Excellence and Community Service.