Valerie Madonia is currently the Director of the Pre-Professional Division, the Academy and the Summer Intensive at Colorado Ballet. She has been involved in the professional ballet world for the last 40 plus years, first as a dancer, then teacher and director. She is the mother of two college age sons.
She began her training with Maris Battaglia at the American Academy of Ballet in Buffalo, NY and left home to attend the National Ballet School of Canada from 1975-1979. She danced professionally with the National Ballet of Canada from 1979-1981 (under the direction of Alexander Grant), at American Ballet Theatre 1981-1986 (under Mikhail Baryshnikov) and at the Joffrey Ballet 1987-1997 (under Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino).
She began her career as a member of the corps de ballet and eventually established herself as a leading ballerina with the Joffrey. Madonia had the honor of dancing multiple seasons with Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, Complexions Dance, Inc., Alaska Dance Theatre, Russian Ballet Theatre, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Configuration Ballet and at Le Gala des Etoiles in Montreal and Greece. She performed the role of the Princess in Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in 2001 and with the New York Philharmonic in 2005, conducted by Alan Gilbert and accompanied by Pinkus Zuckerman. Her repertoire spanned a vast repertoire of classical ballet, neo classical ballet and contemporary work. She had the opportunity to work with such dance luminaries as Sir Anthony Tudor, Eric Bruhn, Natalia Makarova, Twyla Tharp and Robert Joffrey. In 1995, Madonia began organizing performances with other professional dancers to tour Southwestern Colorado and established her pick up company, Alpine Dance, Inc. from 1998-2001. She has appeared in six PBS Dance in America Specials and is featured in four dance books, most notably Classical Ballet Technique by G.W. Warren.
Madonia taught on the faculty at the New School University in NYC from 2000-2003, for the Joffrey Ballet School from 1996-2009 and directed the Joffrey School South Workshop in Georgia from 2003-2009. She teaches biannually in Yokohama, Japan and has been a master teacher at The Four Corners Dance Experience and for the Regional Dance America Festivals. She is an adjudicator for the Youth American Grand Prix. Madonia has been a guest teacher for: The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Alaska Dance Theatre, Louisiana Delta Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Boulder Ballet.
During her tenure as Artistic Director of the Telluride Society for the Performing Arts from 1998-2002, she helped found the Telluride Dance Academy. She served as the Artistic Director and a teacher at the Telluride Dance Academy from 2006-2010 and for Palm Arts Dance in Telluride, CO from 2011-2013. Her choreographic credits include a full length Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Polar Express, Appalachian Spring and Shapeshift, commissioned for Boulder Ballet and solo pieces for the NYC Dance Now Festival, and dancers in Colorado Ballet, Ballet West and Dayton Ballet.