Welcome to Valley Academy for the Arts Blog

The Academy
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.

Our Technique
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.

 

Anne Marie Brunner-Abderholden
Founder/Artistic Director
Anne Marie
was born in Holland and spent most of her childhood in Switzerland. At age seven she joined the Opera Ballet School in Zurich. Upon graduation at age 18, she joined the Opera Ballet in Zurich, performed with the Volksopera Ballet in Vienna, the Stadttheater Badden and toured with Munich Opera. She has worked with the accomplished and world renowned choreographers Patricia Neary and Hans van Manen. Anne-Marie holds an advanced degree in the teaching of classical ballet, (extended Vaganova) from the Music College in Cologne. She taught at the Opera Ballet School in Zurich, at the Swiss School for Professional Dancers and at the Theater Ballet School in Krefeld and Monchengladbach, Germany. In 1991 she moved to Madison, Wisconsin where she taught for the Monona Academy of Dance. She was a choreographer for the Wisconsin Dance Ensemble and the Performing Arts for Children. She was co-owner and artistic director of Turning Pointe School of Ballet before starting Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, WI. Anne Marie  currently  holds a position on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Dance Council, An organization founded in 1966 to promote dance and dance education in the state of Wisconsin.  To help promote the Arts locally she serves as a board member on the Neenah Arts Council. Throughout Anne Marie's Dance Career many children under her instruction  have been accepted into prestigious programs such as Kirov Academy Washington DC, The Nutmeg Conservatory, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Bolshoi Academy, and the Milwaukee Ballet summer program. Many of her students have gone on to acclaimed college dance programs and professional dancing careers such as Principal Dancer with the Charleston Ballet Theater, Hamburg Ballet in Germany and Morgan Scott Company in New York. 

 Annemarie Brunner-Abderholden instructing using the Vaganova Method.

Annemarie Brunner-Abderholden instructing using the Vaganova Method.