A magnolia tree has been planted in front of the Centennial Park Arts Activity Center on West End Avenue in Nashville to honor the memory of Sherri Glover who was killed June 22, 2003 by a drunk driver. The Monday/Wednesday Adult Ballet Class and Friends of Metro Dance Board sponsored the tree. A plaque will be placed inside the center and a memorial gathering will be held later this spring.
Sherris mother, Yuko, began studying ballet and dance at the center twice a week in 1971 when Sherri was two years old, and little Sherri tagged along. Sherri whirled and twirled in the back of the studio trying to imitate the adults. By age six, Sherri was a park dance student and studied there with Kathleen Callaghan, Shirley Blackburn (now Director of the Dance Division), and Janet Clough (now Superintendent of Cultural Recreation for Parks). She performed in four annual Nashville productions of The Nutcracker ballet with the Atlanta Symphony. She was in the PBS filming of Petroushka with superstar Rudolph Nureyve. Sherri minored in dance at Birmingham Southern College (1991) and taught dance in Birmingham. Sherri remained active with dance all her life and had a strong interest in performing arts. Coming full circle, Sherri became a member of the Friends of Metro Dance Board prior to her death.
Sherris family wishes to thank the Friends of Metro Dance Board and others who sponsored this tree. May this magnolia be a symbol of Sherris positive spirit and inspire students for decades to come. (See photos below.)