Valerie Madonia trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. She danced professionally for twenty years, with the National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet. She has danced with Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Complexions and Armitage Gone! Dance. In 2005, she performed with the New York Philharmonic. Madonia appeared in four PBS Dance in America Specials and is featured in, Classical Ballet Technique, by G.W. Warren.
From 1995-2001, Madonia established her own project-based company with other professional dancers, called Alpine Dance, Inc., which performed and toured all over Southwestern Colorado . She co-produced and directed a five-year dance residency from 1997-2001 between the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and the Telluride Society for Performing Arts. In 2002, she produced the Washington Ballet and Momix in Telluride, CO.
Madonia has been teaching, directing and choreographing for twenty-five years, most notably for the New School University (2000-2003), Louisiana Delta Ballet, Alaska Dancer Theatre, Boulder Ballet (2012), Joffrey Ballet School (1996-2010) and Colorado Ballet as Academy, Summer Intensive and Pre-Professional Director concurrently (2013-2017). She is currently guest teaching company class for American Ballet Theatre and creating a new ballet for the Joffrey School Trainee spring performance in NYC.