Since his arrival as director of the Academy in 2003, John Grensback has had a profound influence on the students of the academy, specifically with his high standard of excellence, his working relationship with teachers and his dedication to every student.
John Grensback began dance training at the age of 7 with his foster father, Eldon Parish, in Chicago. At the age of 15 years, Mr. Grensback attended The School of American Ballet in New York City. Upon graduation from SAB, Mr. Grensback joined the New York City Ballet and danced with the company for two seasons. He then joined the Joffrey Ballet where he danced until 1982. In 1982 he was invited to join the Houston Ballet where he became a principal dancer and danced under the direction of Ben Stevenson.
Mr. Grensback retired from the stage in 1990 and moved to the island of Guam with his wife, Megan Murphy. He opened and directed his own studio in Guam until June of 2003. Mr. Grensback taught master classes in Hong Kong, The Philippines, Houston Ballet Academy and at the Joffrey Ballet School. While in Guam he choreographed, produced and directed The Nutcracker Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty Ballet, Hansel and Gretel, Carmina Burana, The Emperor and the Nightingale, and many other classical and contemporary works.
Principal roles (Artistic director)
oPrince Siegried, Swan Lake (Ben Stevenson)
o Prince Albrecht, Giselle (Peter Wright)
o Prince Florimund, Sleeping Beauty (Ben Stevenson)
o James, La Sylphide (Ivan Nagy)
o Prince, Nutcracker (Ben Stevenson)
o Dr. Faulke, Rosalinda (Ronald Hynd)
o Male Jumper, Etudes (Harold Landers)
o Dark Angel, Serenade (George Balanchine)
o Male Lead, Paquita (Larry Long)
o Prince, Cinderella (Ben Stevenson)
o Pas De Deux, Don Quixote (Ben Stevenson)
o Pas De Deux, Esmerelda (Ben Stevenson)
o Pas De Deux, Blue Bird(Ben Stevenson)
o Guest appearances Performed as a guest artist with the Cincinnati Ballet,
Chicago Ballet, Bartlesville Civic Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Indiana State
University, Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janiero.