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.
Courtney Healy was born in Visalia CA. She moved to Suisun when she was 6. When she was 10, she started dancing at Just Gotta Dance, taking classes in jazz. When Courtney was 12, she moved to Napa. She wanted to get back into dance but heard about Pop Warner where she became a cheerleader. She cheered with Pop Warner for 3 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 cheer team that year was undefeated, with titles at the Universal Cheerleading Association’s Regional Competition at Disneyland, as well as a trip to the UCA Nationals in Walt Disney World in Florida. She made the cheer team again her junior year, but soon realized cheerleading was not her true passion. Courtney also danced in high school. She danced in the dance program at Vintage for four years. Her freshman year she started out in jazz one and by her senior year she made it the jazz three. She was also 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. Courtney started to coach Pop Warner Cheerleading for two seasons, as well as continuing her dance career at Academy of Danse. She has been dancing at academy since 2006 and has studied various fields of dance such as hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, and ballet.
Courtney began teaching 2 hip-hop classes at Academy of Danse in 2008. Since then she has expanded the hip-hop program to 5 different levels. Courtney enjoys seeing students experience a completely different style of dance than they have previously experienced. She even had the privilege of mentoring a high school student from Slovakia; introducing her to hip hop for the first time. Courtney expanded her teaching skills and now is teaching jazz. Courtney became a coach for the academy of Danse Competition Company in 2012 teaching hip-hop and Pom-jazz Routines.
Courtney has attended several dance conventions including the Pulse Conventions in San Francisco where she learned choreography from Lauriann Gibson, Shane sparks, Tyce Diorio, Friedman, Dave Scott, and Wade Robson.
August 3, 2013 Courtney married Ryan Healy.
Courtney enjoys teaching hip-hop and jazz but wishes to continue learning and studying all fields of dance.
Holly Corna 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 ten 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 tenth 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 ninth year of teaching elementary school. Holly has enjoyed the past 29 years she has spent at the Academy of Danse, and looks forward to the coming year.
Caitlin was born and raised in the Napa Valley. She began dancing at the age of 4 starting 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, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop.
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 and take class 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 over the past year she decided to get certified in Zumba fitness. 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 continues to volunteer now. She has also worked at children’s summer camps and is a full time nanny.
Caitlin has enjoyed being back at Academy of Danse for the past three years and can’t wait to continue sharing her love of dance to more students this year!
Jaycie Valine has been dancing since she was two and wouldn’t stop for anything. 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 Captain of the company, along with Julia Ilsley, since 2012. Jaycie is once again dancing with the Competition Company along with her two younger sisters, Julia and Jessica. Jaycie has been given the privilege of coaching both of her younger sisters this year. As well as coaching three different competition routines Jaycie is teaching a contemporary class and coaching the pre competition dancers.
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 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 her family since she was born.
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 all of the following; 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 to continues to grow.