2012-valerie-200I’m 23 years old and in my first season as a Jazz Dancer. Before this year, I had a little taste of what it would be like to be a Jazz Dancer having two opportunities to perform on the Utah Jazz court. My first time was at a young age with my dance studio and I was completely star struck! The second time, I was dancing with the Utah Valley University Dance Team. Being older and seeing the crowd, the energy, and excitement, I knew I didn’t want it to be the last time I was dancing out on the court. Now, I’m so excited and honored to be apart of the Utah Jazz and to finally make it a reality.

I’m happily married and while I’m not dancing, I can most likely be found with my family. I love spending time at our cabin in Wolf Creek, UT, spoiling my nieces and nephews, and working as a cosmologist. I truly believe everything happens for a reason and feel life is most rewarding when I’m teaching, coaching, and sharing my talents. I was crowned Miss Duchesne County and Miss Utah Valley University. I was rewarded the Preliminary Award for Talent with my Character Jazz Dance while competing for the title of Miss Utah 2010 and walked away as Miss Utah 1st Attendant. I love anything that sparkles and believe chocolate can fix everything.