Valley Academy for the Arts was founded in 2002 by Annemarie Brunner-Abderholden as one of the only not-for-profit ballet school and arts conservatories in Northeastern Wisconsin. Her mission and vision is to provide training programs that empower future generations of dancers through the classical tradition of ballet by providing opportunities for dancers of all ages to experience ballet.
The Valley Academy School of Ballet teaching style is based on the European tradition of ballet. Our technique and application is explored through the systematic teachings of Vaganova, anatomy, kinesiology and development movement in children, in order to minimize injuries while maximizing strength, flexibility and longevity. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn excellent, proper technique and that dance is introduced in a meaningful and engaging setting that will prepare children for what life brings their way.
We teach dance as a technique that helps our students develop life skills such as perseverance, imagination, self-discipline, social and emotional competence, curiosity, problem solving, and human interaction. Our dance training levels are designed based on age, expertise and maturity of each student with an emphasis on performance- based versus competition- based experiences.