Valerie Guido

Valerie Guido – Janelle

Where are you from? I’m originally from Clarksburg, WV but have lived in New York City since 2012.

Families should see Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker because… it’s a wonderfully whimsical story where children can become fast friends with Sophie and adults can enjoy the flawless fusion of dance, theater, and puppetry. It’s relatable, yet unique; realistic, yet magical. It’s as though a storybook has jumped off the page and is happily welcoming you in.

If my dance partner was a swan I would… be so excited to get to dance in the water!

My favorite children’s book is… The Monster at the End of This Book because… I loved Grover and always giggled at the end when – after all of the suspense – he discovered that the “monster” was himself. Grover is so lovable and genuine… and FUNNY! Such a perfect combination.

Valerie is originally from West Virginia. Valerie is a dancer, exercise physiologist, and arts enthusiast. She moved to NYC upon graduating summa cum laude with honors from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Dance. She has studied and performed across the U.S. and abroad, with such notable teachers as David Dorfman, Paul Taylor, and Betty Jones. Additionally, she is the Program Associate for the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards and a founding member of West Virginia’s Friends of Dance Advisory Board. In June 2016, Valerie organized an intimate performance and talk-back of her work Memories Live Within The Heart (2012), a piece dedicated to raising Alzheimer’s awareness, in Queens, NY. This year marks Valerie’s third season with New York City Children’s Theater.