Valerie Tissue began dancing at the age of six and never stopped! She attended Western Carolina University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Acting. During her time at WCU, Valerie appeared in many main stage productions including 1776,Barefoot in the Park, 1940’s Radio Hour, Midsummer Night’s Dream and more. While attending WCU, Valerie began her professional musical theatre career at Theatre West Virginia. Valerie starred in many of TWV’s summer stock productions including Wizard of Oz (Dorothy twice!), Grease (Rizzo), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), Anything Goes (Purity) and Hatfields and McCoys (Roseanne McCoy), to name a few. After graduating from WCU, Valerie stayed on at TWV to be Road Manage/Performer in a nine-month children’s tour which traveled all over West Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania playing to elementary, middle, and high school students. Valerie’s career then took her to Fort Myers, FL and the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre where she performed in Funny Girl and Showboat, and then she was off to Battle Creek, MI to play one of her favorite roles Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun.
Soon after that, Valerie married her husband John (whom she met doing summer stock theatre) and they moved to Baltimore,MD where they lived for four years. While in “Charm City,” Valerie took a hiatus from the theatre to become the Store Manager of a top 50 Bath & Body Works store in Annapolis, MD. In that position, Valerie managed a staff of 100 plus and was named one of the top 20 store managers of 2005 out of 1600 BBW store managers and was invited to attend the Field Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA.
Valerie has taken master classes from Luigi, Twyla Tharp, Mandy Moore, Bob Rizzo, Anthony Morigerato, Denise Wall, Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, and other amazing teachers. Mrs. Valerie’s choreography, along with her wonderfully talented students, has won many awards including: “Best Choreography”, “Most Entertaining”, and multiple First Place awards. She has attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City and plans to make it an annual trip! Most recently, Valerie attended The Acrobatic Arts Teacher Training and Certification program. This Course is designed to teach dance educators how to safely and effectively instruct AcroDance in the dance studio and Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy now has an Acrobatic Arts Certified program!
Valerie, her husband, John, and their three children now live in Sylva, NC. John is the Executive Director of the Cherokee Historical Association which produces the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills” and Valerie is proud to say she is a mother, wife, business owner, and instructor all wrap up in one! Praise the Lord!