Dance Faculty


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. After a nine-year professional ballet career, Anne Marie went on to complete an advanced degree in classical ballet (extended Vaganova) pedagogy from the Music College in Cologne, Germany.  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. In 2002 Anne Marie founded Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, WI. Anne Marie currently holds positions on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Dance Council and the Neenah Arts Council. Many of Anne Marie's students 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.  In addition, many have gone on to acclaimed college dance programs and professional dance careers.  




Katharina Abderholden
Children’s Division/ Recreation Department Lead
began dancing at the age of 14 when she attended several ballet intensive programs. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for four years where she focused her studies on contemporary dance technique and choreography.  While attending the university, Katharina was able to perform in works choreographed by Mark Morris, Arnie Zane, and Colleen Thomas.  Professionally Katharina worked with Danceworks Milwaukee (USA), Le Marchepied (CH), and projects created by Stephen Kowplowitz(USA) and Cie Utilité Publique(CH).



Tracy Krause

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Courtney Rowley began studying dance when she was twelve years old through a competition dance school in Waupaca, Wisconsin.  While attending that school, Courtney studied ballet, lyrical and jazz and competed in groups, solos and duets.  In her senior year in high school, Courtney transferred to Valley Academy for the Arts where she continued her studies in classical ballet and lyrical dance.  In recognition of her achievement in lyrical dance, Courtney was given a solo piece to perform which was created by Elizabeth Roskopf.  Upon graduation, Courtney remained with Valley Academy for the Arts as a teaching apprentice and recently completed Level’s One and Two of Kinesio Dance™ Ballet Teacher Training with Anne Marie Abderholden.  Courtney continues to teach ballet and lyrical dance for introductory and beginning students.