MEET MS. MARIA
Ever since I was 3 years old, dance has been an important part of my life. Some may say it has been my whole life! Having studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Modern dance for the past 27 years, I am always looking for ways to share my passion for dance with my students. I graduated from Manhattanville College with a degree in Dance & Theater and have been teaching dance to students ranging in ages from 3 years old to Adults ever since!
In addition to teaching dance I have also danced and cheered with both the Lehigh Valley Storm and Lehigh Valley Steelers Dance Teams and danced with the Monarch Dance Company. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from incredible choreographers and performed in Washington DC, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Lincoln Center, and the Joyce SoHo.
Opening Valley Dance is fulfilling a life goal of mine. I'm so excited to bring my love of dance and passion for teaching to the Bethlehem area. We may be starting small, but I have big plans!
MEET MS. MARI
Mari Perrella started dancing when she was 6 years old at Orlando School of Dance in Schenectady, NY, where she took ballet, tap, and jazz. She went on to major in dance at the University at Buffalo and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in dance and psychology. While at UB, she choreographed for Emerging Choreographers Showcase ("live in technicolor,") and Dancer's Workshop ("006," "Peanut Butter Jealous"). Mari was also a teaching assistant for a number of classes in the program and was the President of UB's chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. For the 2018-2019 dance season, Mari had the pleasure of teaching tap classes at Lancaster Dance Center near Buffalo, NY, but her goals to pursue graduate school brought her to Bethlehem, PA. Mari is now a graduate student at Lehigh University studying school psychology. She is so excited to start sharing her love for dance again with the students at Valley Dance, and she cannot wait for fall classes to start!
Beginning Summer 2020 we will be in our BRAND NEW STUDIO LOCATION!!!!
2027 Willow Park Rd C-2
Bethlehem, Pa 18020
Our new studio space has 2 dance studios, a Dancer's Lounge (changing room/homework room for dancers), a spacious waiting room for parents, a large parking lot and 3 bathrooms! We are so excited for this new adventure. Follow us on FB & Instagram to stay up to date on all our renovations!!
MEET MS. JULIA
Ms. Julia began her dance training at the age of 7. Since then, she has performed in a number of showcases/recitals and has been in many dance shows and plays. She has performed in parades, recitals, benefit shows, showcases, dance intensives, nursing home events, school events, and at the IronPigs Baseball games along with many other events. Julia has training in Ballet and Pointe, Tap, Jazz, HipHop, Modern, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Her favorite technique has always been Ballet/Pointe. Julia is currently a Spotlight Dancer for Freemotion Dance Store in Bethlehem! Julia is now pursuing a degree in Dance Education at DeSales University. At DeSales, Julia has danced in a number of performances including Dance Concerts, Senior Showcases, Composition pieces, and more. Along with performing at DeSales, Julia has created her own works to be shown. For the past 2 years, Julia has taught for the DeSales Conservatory of Dance program to students in the surrounding area that have a desire to dance. Julia loves sharing her passion for dance with others, and hopes to inspire her students to keep chasing their dreams and keep dancing! Julia is excited to begin teaching at Valley Dance and cannot wait to meet all of the wonderful students!