Valarie is in her 25th year as director of SODA. She grew up dancing in Florence, South Carolina where she was casted in many roles and performances growing up. During her pageant years, she was crowned Miss Darlington! She was a member of the Robert Ivy ballet in the 1980s where she was cast in many roles and performances. She taught dance for a short time in Boone, North Carolina before moving to Richmond. When she moved to Richmond, she taught at various studios and taught ballet to gymnasts for many years before deciding to start her own studio in 1998!