Valerie Robin celebrated the end of a 26 year professional dancing career in Spring of 2013 . Her repertoire included leading roles in works by Arpino, Joffrey, Balanchine, Ashton, Kylian, Lubovitch, Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Ronald Hynd, Yuri Possakhov, Uwe Scholtz and Jerome Robbins as well as a majority of the Classics including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphides, La Sylphide, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Suite en Blanc and Grand pas Classique . Ms. Robin participated in the 1990 New York International Ballet Competition acquiring a bronze medal and the 1992 Varna International Ballet Competition becoming one of the first Americans to reach the finals in 10 years. She danced in Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Leiziger Ballets, Kieler Ballets and Ballet Wisconsin before joining the Joffrey Ballet in 2000. She was a cast member in the film “The Company” directed by Robert Altman and created the leading role in Rebecca Aleman’s short film “Basta!”. She has taught all levels of ballet from creative movement to professional company classes with Leipziger Ballets, Ballet Wisconsin, Kieler Ballets and Joffrey Ballet. Ms. Robin is certified in Ultra Barre as lead instructor and has her national 200hr yoga teacher certification through Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago.