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Dancer, Vocalist, Teacher and Choreographer
Valerie Rushmere is a dancer, singer, and teacher in the Philadelphia area. She currently owns and operates Studio 1831, a dance, yoga, and fitness studio in Philadelphia's Art Museum area. In addition to teaching a full schedule of classes in her studio, she is artistic director, choreographer, and founder of the Shake Charmers Dance Company.
She has performed both traditional and interpretive Middle Eastern Dance around the U.S. and England. She began her Middle Eastern Dance studies at the University of Delaware with Bona Khalil of Egypt while obtaining her B.A. in Anthropology. She later studied with many master teachers, including choreographer Ibrahim Farrah, Serena, Elena Lentini, Ghazal Rohani, and Jehan of New York, Dr. Mo Geddawi of Germany, and Sahra Saeeda of California.
For eight years, she performed with the jazz dance company Waves throughout the U.S. and England and was a teacher and choreographer at the Jazz Dance Center in Philadelphia.
She has appeared numerous times as a featured solo dancer. She has appeared in the Rakassah Festival East showcase in Somerset, NJ, in 2001 and 2002. She also danced in a Philadelphia Opera Company production of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio. Her cinematic credits include portraying an Arabian Nights Dancer in the 1998 film Beloved, starring Oprah Winfrey. She recently displayed her modern dance abilities in a video produced by nationally known fitness expert Karen Andes.
She also has appeared in several television programs, including as a belly dancer and yoga teacher on The Learning Channel's "A Dating Story." Her classes have been highlighted on Philadelphia news programs as well.
Valerie has performed Middle Eastern Dance in Egypt, New York, and Atlantic City, as well as in many local venues.
She performs at the Casablanca Restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday nights, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Valerie has devoted her career to an understanding of dance, yoga, fitness and other disciplines that promote health and well-being. She has taught yoga and dance in numerous health facilities and accredited institutions throughout the Philadelphia area, including the University of the Arts, Philadelphia Senior Center, and Temple University. In 1997, she began her own fitness and dance studio called Studio 1831, located in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia.
Valerie specializes in a "hands-on" approach to teaching, focusing on technique and alignment in a non-competitive, nurturing environment. Her vast teaching experience in numerous movement modalities enables her to cater to diverse populations from teens to seniors and first-timers to fitness buffs.
In addition, Valerie is an accomplished singer and performer, appearing numerous times during her career at various venues including a Disney Cruise Ship, the Candlelight Dinner Theater in Wilmington, Del., and the former Encore Theater in Glen Mills, Pa.
She has been a member of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Opera Company, and the Annacrusis Women's Choir. Her repertoire ranges from religious to secular and includes, but is not limited to, classical, pop, and jazz standards.
A mezzosoprano with an extended range, she studied voice with Anne Sciolla of the University of the Arts and Sandra Day of the Delaware Valley Opera Company.
Valerie's Studio 1831 is located at 1831 Brandywine St.
(one block north of Spring Garden Street),
in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia, PA, 19130,
within 15 minutes walking distance of Center City.
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Questions? Call the Studio at 215-665-1991.
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