Alumni Spotlight - Valerie Curran
July 28, 2010
After stepping into that first dance class at the age of 6, Valerie knew that dance would be an important part of her life for a long time. Before attending NC State University to major in chemical engineering, she danced in a studio in Asheville, NC, where she performed lead roles in the Nutcracker as well as danced competitively in tap and jazz. She also cheered on the varsity team and played the role of Sandy in "Grease" in high school.
At NC State, Valerie was a dancer and captain of the NC State Dance Team for 4 years. After college, she danced professionally for the Carolina Cobras Arena Football team and then moved to Philadelphia to cheer professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team.
While an Eagles Cheerleader for 4 years, she performed in the Super Bowl, in Bosnia and Kosovo for the troops stationed there, in Hong Kong in the Chinese New Year Parade, on TV shows such as Cold Pizza and Good Morning America, and was featured in publications such as FHM, Fantasy Football Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.
Now back in Raleigh with her husband, Eric, and 2 dogs, Tango and Nuala, Valerie manages Cary Dance Productions and continues to train by taking classes at NC Dance Institute, Koresh School of Dance in Philly, Broadway Dance Center in New York, as well as conventions such as Jump and the Pulse.
A passionate person, Valerie believes that it is important to do what you love and love what you do. She has followed this motto and recently started her own performance and promotions company in Raleigh, Elevate, which provides dancers for social, corporate, and special events.