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About your Director :


 VALARIE SIMPSON - Valarie's dance training began in Florence, SC. She was a soloist with the Florence Civic Ballet Company and twice danced the leading role in their production of "The Nutcracker." In Charleston, SC Valarie danced with the Robert Ivey Ballet Company. Valarie's special training includes The Koslovs, Patricia Miller former principal with the Joffery Ballet, Gus Giordano, Roland Dupree and others. She has owned and operated her own dance studios in Nebraska and North Carolina. Since living in Richmond, she has taught classes at the Richmond Dance Center, directed a dance program for competitive gymnasts at the Virginia International Gymnastics School, Inc. and taught classes as a member of the adjunct faculty of J.S. Reynolds. Valarie has also worked as a producer and host of several radio and television programs in the Richmond area. Valarie has done special choreography projects for University of Richmond, as well as HS show choirs and musicals in VA, NC, SC and NE. She was also a regional and National judge for Showstoppers Talent Competition in the mid 80's. School of Dance Arts is now in its 20th year. Valarie is married and the mother of three.

Ms. Valarie teaches ballet, lyrical, conditioning & pointe classes at SODA!


2018 SODA Instructors :

Kelly Allen - 

Krista Furr -

Melinda Merritt -

Kim Moncrief - 



Below low is a picture of SODA’s 2016/2017 Teaching staff

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