DeeAnn Valine is the owner and director of the Academy of Danse. Born and raised in the Napa Valley, DeeAnn has been dancing for over 40 years. She began taking tap at the age of four, and soon fell in love with dance – including Ballet, Jazz, and Pointe. DeeAnn attended Solano Jr. College and continued down her path in various dance classes, five days a week, under the careful eye of Sherri Stockdale (who received many Shellie Awards for her amazing choreography throughout the Bay Area). DeeAnn then auditioned for her very first musical production and discovered an additional love for musical theatre.
Even as a young girl embraced by dance, DeeAnn always knew she would follow her dream to one day own her own dance studio, allowing others to fall in love with dance and make other dreams come true. DeeAnn became the proud owner of The Academy of Danse on January 1, 1994. She taught up to 25 classes a week for the first three years while owning the studio. She started the first Academy of Danse competition team in 1995 and has been coaching and directing various teams ever since. The Competition Company has done very well competing at many different bay area competitions in all styles including Musical theatre. She always has high hopes and expectations for all of her students and loves watching them grow and improve over the years.
DeeAnn prides herself and the staff on the merit that Academy of Danse offers an atmosphere that is both encouraging and challenging to dancers of all levels. She feels a true sense of family created at the studio, and many students consider it their home away from home.
Alex was born in Wisconsin and moved to Napa at a young age. She was first introduced to dancing at the age of three when she began taking classes for tap and ballet through the Rec’s Department.
She then joined Academy of Danse, at age five, and started with Miss Tizzy’s tap class, progressing through the years to ballet, hip-hop, jazz, pointe and contemporary.
Alex loves being a part of the competition company at Academy of Danse and is entering her fifth year on the team. She is constantly inspired by her coaches and her fellow teammates to continue to grow.
Currently, Alex is a student at Vintage High School where she is a part of the Jazz dance program. She loves to choreograph and work with younger dancers so that she can share her love of dance! She is very excited to be a teacher at Academy of Danse this year!
Beth Rowles started taking classes at the Academy of Danse when she was seven years old. She had always wanted to take classes and was brought here by a friend. From that moment she was hooked. She started with a Ballet class in 2006 and later added Jazz and Contemporary.
When she was twelve she was invited to join the pre-competition group and a year later started competing as part of the team. She performed with the team for five years, always learning more through the conventions and competitions and expanding her love for performance.
Beth has been a teacher at the studio for a year now and continues to take classes from the extraordinary staff. Every time she teaches she learns from her students and loves watching them grow. She hopes to watch her students grow over the year and that they too can learn from her.
Bianca Rodriguez, a fourth year teacher here at the Academy of Danse, has been with us since the age of three. She was first inspired to take dance classes by her God sister Skye. As the years have gone by she has learned and enjoyed different dance styles including; tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, contemporary, hip hop and was even in DeeAnn’s Disney Princess pointé dance in 2009. At the age of five she joined the Napa Valley College Ballet Folklorico dance group and participated in it for about seven year. She had the opportunity to perform dances from different regions of Mexico.
After the seven years she was asked to audition for the Academy of Danse competition team. Being the youngest on the team that year she loved having a group of girls, not only on the junior team but also the senior team, to look up to. She was on the team for five years and loved all the team bonding moments. Going out to dinner at crazy hours, hair and makeup before competitions and team practices during the week. Through out the years she also loved growing as a dancer and as a person.
Upon graduating high school in 2013 she registered for classes at the Napa Valley College for the up coming fall semester. But it only worked out for a year. Bianca hopes to return to school but at the moment is focusing on work. In April 2014 applied at the Napa Marshalls/Homegoods store. Bianca, along with a few others, was able to see the stone grow from an empty building into what it has become today. In September 2015 she was promoted to part-time CEC (customer experience coordinator). Bianca has gained a confidence that she never thought she had and hopes to help others find theirs. She, along with being a teacher at the studio, has been working with kids at an in-home preschool since July 2017 and loves it.
In becoming a teacher Bianca hopes to, again, help others build a confidence in dance and teach them to enjoy dance as much as she does.
Caitlin was born and raised in the Napa Valley. She began dancing at the age of 4 in a tiny tots class at Academy of Danse and hasn’t stopped dancing since. Over the years Caitlin has studied tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, modern, and contemporary.
When Caitlin was a freshman in high school she was invited to try out for the Academy of Danse competition team and competed with them for four years. While on the team, Caitlin had the opportunity to dance, take class, and perform at Disneyland for Magic Music days twice. She also attended multiple dance conventions including The Pulse on tour and Monsters of Contemporary. In addition to being on the competition team she was an assistant teacher for five years here at the studio.
After graduating high school Caitlin attended Napa Valley College where along with continuing her education she was a member of the dance department. She then attended Butte College while living in Chico, California for two years. While living there she found a love for dance fitness classes. It was because of these classes that she decided to get certified in Zumba fitness in 2012. From there she got her certification to teach Zumba Kids and Zumba Kids Jr as well.
Caitlin has always had a passion for working with children. Starting at a young age she began volunteering at West Park elementary school, where she now works as an instructional assistant. She has also worked at many summer camps over the years. This past summer she volunteered for Experience Camps, grief camps for kids that have lost a parent or sibling, as a camp counselor. While there she got to teach dance to girls ranging in age from 4th grade through 12th grade.
Caitlin has enjoyed being back at Academy of Danse for the past 7 years and can’t wait to continue sharing her love of dance to more students this year!
Courtney started dancing at Just Gotta Dance at the age of ten, taking classes in jazz. At the age of twelve Courtney moved to Napa and became a Pop Warner cheerleader. She cheered with Pop Warner for three years and made it to nationals twice; her team won the national title in 2001.
Courtney attended Vintage High School, where she continued her cheerleading; she made the Varsity cheer team as a sophomore. The team went undefeated that year and received many titles. Courtney made the team again her junior year, but soon realized cheerleading was not her true passion.
Courtney also danced in high school through the Vintage dance program for four years. She was voted president of the dance program. After graduating high school, she attended beauty school at Le Melange in Napa and is now a successful hair stylist at the Hair Cellar in Napa.
She has been dancing at Academy of Danse since 2006 and has studied various fields of dance such as hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, and ballet. Courtney began teaching two hip-hop classes at Academy of Danse in 2008. Since then she has helped expand the hip-hop program at Academy of Danse which now offers five different levels. Courtney even had the privilege of mentoring a high school student from Slovakia; introducing her to hip hop for the first time.
Courtney now teaches jazz at Academy of Danse as well as hip-hop. Courtney became a coach for the Academy of Danse Competition Company in 2012 choreographing hip-hop, jazz, and pom. Courtney’s Choreography took a platinum award in 2014. And in 2017 Courtney’s success continued when her pom routine took first place overall with platinum. This past season Courtney’s jazz also took first place overall with platinum.
Courtney enjoys teaching hip-hop and jazz as well as choreographing for the competition company and being a coach. She is excited to continue watching her students grow!
Devin knew she wanted to dance from the moment she could walk. Her parents signed her up for classes at Academy of Danse when she was four years old, and she trained in all styles there for eleven years, competitively for four. She created and taught her own classes at the age of twelve to help pay her competition fees, and since then has fell in love with teaching. In high school she trained and competed with Chapkis Dance Family on their senior team Prophecy for three years, and with the Lisa Clark Dancers for two. In college she danced and competed with Urban Dance Company at UCSB for three years, serving as artistic director and choreographer for two. Since coming back to Napa Devin has been teaching classes whenever she can, and is going back to school to become a middle school teacher!
Faith started taking gymnastics at the age of one and quickly began to take dance class at the age of four at Academy of Danse. Faith has danced with the studio ever since then as she found her true passion in dance. Faith started in Tiny Tots and moved quickly onto the next levels, also being asked to join the very first Pre- Competition Team; Faith was the youngest member at only eight years old.
Faith has been trained here at Academy of Danse in Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Pom, Lyrical, and Musical Theater. Faith has been a member of the Academy of Danse Competition Company since 2010. Faith loves to compete with her team and has enjoyed being a part of its growing success at competitions.
Faith enjoys taking part in the various dance conventions available to her. She has won two scholarships to the Kar Dance Conventions and hopes to be awarded more in the future. The studio feels like a home to Faith and her teammates and fellow students are like a family.
Faith currently attends Vintage High School and is also involved with the dance program there. Faith has participated in many spring, summer, and winter dance intensives, taking master classes in hip hop, ballet, and pointe, as well as taking classes at Joffrey School of Ballet in New York. Faith has also studied in tumbling for the past four years and wants to continue growing in all aspects of dance.
Faith was an assistant teacher at Academy of Dance for many styles for the past three years before becoming a Teacher. Faith loves working with young dancers and watching them grow and elevate their dance skills and is excited to take them to the next level in their dancing. Faith has been dancing at Academy of Danse for twelve years and is very excited for the years to come.
Holly King has been dancing at the Academy of Danse since the age of three. She started as a tiny tot and has loved it ever since. During her time as a student, Holly participated in ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap classes. She was on the competition team for five years and a student teacher for four. While on the Academy of Danse Competition Team, Holly performed in Disneyland’s Magic Music Days in 2006. For the past twelve years, Holly has been teaching a variety of Parks and Recreational dance classes. She taught classes at Scientopia and NVLA in movement and ballet. This is Holly’s twelfth year teaching at the Academy of Danse. The most rewarding part about teaching dance for Holly is to see how much her students learn and grow each year. She takes great pride in watching her students develop their talents over time.
Holly has always had a passion for dancing and for teaching. She started her higher education straight out of high school at the Napa Junior College and completed her Associate of Arts degree in General Education. In the fall of 2004, she transferred to Sonoma State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. In the fall of 2006, she started the teaching credential program at Dominican University and graduated from this program in the spring of 2007. In May of 2011, Holly completed her Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in reading.
In September of 2007, Holly was hired to teach second and third grade at Canyon Oaks Elementary School in American Canyon. Since then she has taught multiple grades, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. She now teaches second grade at Browns Valley Elementary School in her twelfth year of teaching elementary school.
Holly has enjoyed the past 32 years she has spent at the Academy of Danse, and looks forward to the coming year.
Jaycie Valine has been dancing since she was two years old. It has completely consumed her life and she loves it. She has been on the Academy of Danse Competition Company since 2010 and has been a very active coach for the company since 2014. Jaycie continues to expand her coaching presence every year and is choreographing numerous routines as well as teaching the highest level of both contemporary and jazz that the studio offers as well as the pre competition team and technique classes.
Jaycie graduated from Justin Siena High School in 2016 and has attended the Napa Valley College since then. In the fall she was part of a program that in completion through many hours of classroom and clinical hospital hours gave her a certification in nursing assistance. While she is teaching this year she will continue to pursue her education to come closer to reaching her goal of becoming a nurse.
Jaycie has worked along side teachers as an assistant for different dancing styles and different student ages. Jaycie is happy to teach her own classes and absolutely loves all of her current and future students. She hopes to see them improve through out the year and the rest of their dancing experience. Jaycie looks forward to experiencing the joys of coaching and teaching this year and continuing to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
Jaycie has been taught many things from her most admirable and inspirational hero, her mom, DeeAnn Valine, who has owned the Academy of Danse with Jaycie’s father, Matthew Valine for twenty plus years. Jaycie has grown up watching DeeAnn teach, coach, and raise the Academy of Danse family. The other teachers at Academy of Danse have been part of her family and life since she was born.
This past competition season was Jaycie’s best yet; receiving two different choreography awards and having her routines scoring first place overalls and platinum medals. This year she grew as a choreographer and truly found her passion in coaching the dancers on the company and looks forward to doing it again this coming season.
Jaycie has been instructed by an exceptional group of teachers and choreographers and will continue to use her lessons that she has learned as well as the ones she will adapt throughout her dancing career. She loves all styles of dance and has taken classes in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Technique. Jaycie hopes to continue to strengthen her dancing ability along with the support of her amazing Academy of Danse family as it continues to grow.
Julia has been dancing since she was three years old at Academy of Danse along with her two sisters, Jessica and Jaycie. She has continued to dance and develop her skills for twelve years. Julia has taken Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Pointe classes. Julia’s mom, DeeAnn has owned the studio for twenty-five years and has taught Julia in many classes as well.
Julia has been on the Academy of Danse competition company for several years and has enjoyed being apart of that dance community. It has given her many opportunities to grow as a dancer and as a person. Julia loves to be part of a dance family and include everybody as best she can; she is a very friendly face that is always around to say hi to everyone.
Julia attends Justin Siena high school as a sophomore. She takes her education very seriously and is a hard worker in school. She has learned many lessons over the past years when it comes to working hard to get what you want and she looks forward to passing on this as well as other lessons onto her students.
Julia is a big supporter of being kind to everyone no matter what. She strives to always treat others with kindness and respect and will make sure all of her students do the same while also having fun and learning about dance. Julia is so excited to continue to grow as a dancer and teach others that have the same passion that she does.