Valerie Parker-Calo was born in Bronx, New York and raised in Fern Park, Florida. From a young age, Valerie was very active and loved playing sports such as basketball, softball and track and field. At the age of 16, she started dance classes at Duvall Dance Academy and soon realized that she had a passion for dance. She worked hard, and studied under her teachers with great attentivness. This hard work and passion soon grew into opprotunites. In 1984, Valerie had the opportunity to play an extra dancer on the American drama dance film, "Beat Street." A experience that changed her life forever.
Unfortunately, her dance career came to a halt in early 1997, when she was seriously injured in a car accident. Despite the difficulties of loosing her ability to dance the way she knew she could, she never lost her passion for dance in general.When Valerie married, she was exposed to the entrepreneurial culture realizing she too could be a entrepreneurial type person herslef. Her goal was to absorb all there was to know about successfully building businesses and becoming her own boss. For 20 years, Valerie, her husband and their children contentedly owned and operated a home remodeling company. As Valerie’s family began to grow, she became a more hands-on grandmother attending every baseball and football game, every cheerleading practice and even making it to every dance recital for her grandchildren. This passion for ensuring her grandchildren to have every opprotunity they could possible want, lead her to expand that generosity to her community. Her oldest daughter had began a dance studio and realized she need the help of her mother. So Valeries journey lead her to a new role other than Mom, Grandmother, and Buissness owner. Now she had the title fo Dance Studio Owner .
She now runs Studio B Dance Academy, and selects teachers who also shares the same love, commitment and passion to dance. She ensure that everyone has as opprotuntity to be seen, heard, and cared for when they come to Studio B. She puts long hours of hard work everyweek beyond studio hours to ensure her students are receiving the very best care!
From fixing costumes, building props, bringing the studio name to charity events, coming up with fun parties for the kids & sometimes the community.
Valerie truley cares about her students, often working with the parents to ensure each child has the opprotunty to dance. She beleives every child is capable of dancing, understanding they only need the right guidance from good teachers, welcoming staff, and a safe enviroment to learn.