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 Company 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.