Artistic Director, Instructor & Owner
Valerie has loved tap dance since she started at the age of 11 years old! Since then, she has sought extensive training and is fortunate to have shared her joy of tap with students across Alaska since 2005. Valerie's teaching experience includes:
Valerie's training includes classes, workshops and festivals in Anchorage, New York City, Vancouver, Austin and Boulder. Teachers who have made a significant impact on her foundation, technical training and development as an instructor include Barbara Clausen, Jody Reed, Alice Bassler Sullivan, Kristen Vierthaler, Leslie Ward and Katherine Kramer. Valerie is especially proud to be mentored by living tap legend, Dianne Walker.
Did you know that Miss Valerie traveled through all 50 States in 42 Days in the summer of 2017?! Not only that, she took the time to tap the SHIM SHAM in every state too! You can view her "50 States of Shim Sham" video on YouTube!
Marley began taking ballet lessons at the age of 5 and fell in love with dance and movement. She trained at Alaska Dance Theatre until graduating high school, taking ballet, jazz, tap, modern and acrobatics. Marley began tapping her feet at the age of 7 when she started Irish dancing with Northern Lights Celtic Dancers. She did Irish dance for 7 years, and after she stopped she began tapping at Alaska Dance Theatre. In addition to dance, she has experience in musical theatre from performing in Jesus Christ Superstar (2013) and Pippin (2014) with Theatre Artists United and Into the Woods (2016) with East High School. She’s currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at UAA and she hopes to eventually get her masters in Public Health. Marley is very excited to be a part of The Tap Studio faculty and encourages others to become a part of the tap family in Anchorage.