Miss Valerie/ Dance Instructor
Valerie has been dancing since she began walking, and began taking classes at the age of five in Southern Maine. She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, African drum and dance, musical theater, clogging, lyrical, pointe, hip hop, and international folk dance.
At the young age of eight, she performed with a professional dance company in Maine.
She attended and graduated from a small performing arts high school in the mountains of Arizona. While there, she attended a work shop at Arizona State University, master classes from Tony Coppola, Gina Shorten, Eric Aglia and several artists in residence from The Congo. She also aided in classes, substituted, and choreographed for the school’s recitals. From there, she attended and graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho with a BA in dance. While in college, she discovered and fell in love with International dance and clogging. She was a member of the traveling dance company throughout her college years. Also during her college years, she danced under the direction of renowned ballet dancer Patricia Dienhart, and participated in master classes from Reparatory Dance Theater. She was able to teach many dance classes to all ages throughout the community of Rexburg, Idaho, and through the university.
She is passionate about Kinesiology, Somatics, dance history, teaching, proper technique and injury prevention. She is an avid proponent of positivity and encouragement. She believes that everyone should be encouraged and applauded in finding one’s voice. She has been a baby sitter, a teacher to children in her church, as well as a swim and water aerobics instructor. She continues to work toward her goal of an MFA in dance. She is thrilled when she is able to share her love and excitement of dance with her students. When she is not dancing or thinking about dance, she enjoys serving in her church, as well as swimming, going to the beach, and going to Disneyland. Her lifelong dream of having a life in dance is beginning to come true and she is overwhelmed with joy.