Valerie Bell McGowan
Valerie Bell McGowan is an integral part of the success of bellA dance. She has worked tirelessly to make her big sister’s dream a reality, and she continues to offer support and leadership in many capacities. Valerie teaches tap and jazz to some of the studio’s youngest dancers, jazz to all the Company dancers, and Zumba and bellA barre to adults. She seeks to instill self-confidence, discipline, integrity, and respect in her dancers so that as they grow they become well-rounded individuals. Valerie is also very committed to the idea that bellA dance should offer a sense of family where dancers feel good about themselves and supported by the people around them. She feels that she is continually learning from her students whom she describes as nothing less than “incredible.”
Valerie began dancing at the age of three at Jean Wallace Dance Studio in Virginia Beach. She credits some of her earliest memories, her closest friends, and her sense of self to the art of dance. Her talent was apparent as she became a member of their dance company while still very young which allowed her to perform at many local events and even in Disney World. As a junior and senior in high school, Valerie was the captain of the First Colonial Dance team and served as the team’s choreographer her senior year. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and was selected to become a part of the VCU dance team. Additionally, she continued her dance studies at the Richmond Ballet during college.