I dance in the adult class at VAA because of Anne Marie. Simply put, she is exceptional, phenomenal---an artist savante. She doesn't tell you where to put your body, she leads you to channeling and controlling your energy. The result, with some time and commitment, is a euphoric feeling that defies description. Of course my fellow dancers, the camaraderie, the music, and the joy of movement all contribute to the experience. We are incredibly fortunate to have VAA here.
Katrina Rosculet, M.D., M.A.
Being a part of the Adult Ballet program at VAA has been the most amazing and rewarding experience for me. Anne Marie is a wonderful teacher and her ballet class is the perfect workout for both your body and your mind. I took a chance and tried the adult ballet class six years ago and I have been dancing ever since. I plan to keep dancing for as long as I can! - Beckett Mathews
For adult students with little to no prior experience, ballet can be very daunting. Anne-Marie adjusts her classes for all skill levels, making classes accessible even for true beginners. She places emphasis on correct form, ensuring each student is dancing as safely as possible. Taking adult classes at Valley Academy for the Arts has allowed me to experience ballet as an adult – something I once thought impossible – and has also improved my everyday strength and dexterity. -Amy