Valerie Hobbs attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where she studied a BFA in Dance Performance and Musical Theatre. She studied Jazz under Jay Norman who was in the 1961 original production of West Side Story and studied directly under Jerome Robbins. Valerie concentrated in Modern and Jazz Dance in college but has trained and taught in the following genres: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary, pointe, and acro. She has taught all ages from 2 years old up through adult. She has choreographed several national winning dance routines in the competitive dance world and received a regional award for her choreography in Grease with the Beaufort Theatre Company. She was co-director for the Children's Theatre at the University of South Carolina Beaufort for years heading up numerous camps, workshops and master classes. She worked for ECDA as a lead instructor and choreographer while in college. After college, Valerie pursued her dream and opened up her own cheer and dance studio in Elizabeth City, NC. In the first year she was open, she took her cheerleaders to a win at Nationals! She gave up her studio to follow the man of her dreams in his Marine Corps Career. Her husband Michael is now retired from the Marine Corps and works for a Graphics company as a Field Service Engineer. They have three children: twins Kaitlyn and Alison who will be following in their mom's footsteps as they have been accepted to CSU Fullerton in the fall in the BA Dance Department and their son, Zachary, who is 13 and also follows his mom's other passion by performing musicals! Valerie is excited to be part of the founding family at Scholarship Prep and can't wait to share her passion for the performing arts with all the scholars!