Miss Valerie was studio trained in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical from the age of six years. She credits her dance classes for many fond childhood memories: learning new technique, meeting new friends and feeling safe to express herself in a stress-free environment. She strives to create that same experience and environment for her students in Jazz & Tap 3, Lyrical 1, and Adult Tap and Jazz.
In high school, Miss Valerie was a member of the Cudahy Varsity Pom and Dance team and served as captain, taught ballet and tap classes through the Recreation Department, and received dance honors as a Badgerette All Star. After graduation, she pursued a degree in Accounting and Finance at UW-Milwaukee while also maintaining her connection to dance. Miss Valerie taught classes at Encore Dance Studio for seven years before it closed. She has also volunteered her time and talent as a coach of the Cudahy Bulldog Spirit, as well as CCYM, a local youth musical theater group, where she choreographed co-lead productions of Pirates of Penzance, Cinderella and Anne.
Miss Valerie has served on the Showcase Dance Studio staff for six years. She works full-time as the Senior Manager of Financial Services at a Marketing Research Company, and lives with her husband and beloved fur-babies.