Instructor, Wardrobe Administrative Assistant
Valerie Linsner was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois, where she began her formal ballet training at age seven. Continuing to dance her way through high school, Valerie performed with Champaign Urbana Ballet and trained at Champaign Ballet Academy under Deanna Doty. She also attended summer intensives at Ballet 5:8, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre in New York. It was in Champaign, though, where Valerie discovered her love for teaching, and continues to guest teach when she is able. Upon high school graduation, Valerie was accepted into Ballet 5:8's Trainee Program in 2017 and was promoted to the professional company in 2019. She began teaching at Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts in 2018.