Part Marine Corps drill instructor, part pixie, Valleskey knows that children are realists. They do not want false praise. She knows that self-esteem is the result of, not a precondition for, achievement. Her credo is: Every child can do it. The antecedent of "it" is: learn how to learn.
– Columnist George Will
"… Thank YOU to you and your wonderful staff of musicians and instructors for the top tier dance instruction. It’s an invaluable opportunity for the kids and I very much appreciate your inviting Max back to participate again this year. He loves your program…. I’m happy to report that Max recognized the music for the second piece as being three works by Phillip Glass – that’s a direct result of his work with you."
– Roy, Parent
I'm going to show you....when you give me the hardest things to do and I'm going to do them, have a good weekend byeee.
- Adrian, CDI Student
..I showed them your video and we all danced together. They were SO happy! Thank you so much for providing this for us. It means so much more than we can express!!
Samantha, 4th Grade Teacher
“Your program is wonderful and I am truly grateful for the time that you gave Leonard."
– Martha, Parent
You all are positively amazing!!! These virtual classes are such a gift.
“[CDI has been] a special and truly life changing experience for Frankie. It’s given her so much self-confidence and stage presence. She really glowed on stage. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, expertise, grace and patience with those hundreds and eventually thousands of kids. You have a terrific program and achieve amazing results.”
- Julie, Parent
“Thanks for all you’ve done for the kids… It’s so great to watch the kids moving and SMILING with glee. I know for a fact that you’ve made a very positive impact on my daughter’s life.”
- Stephanie, Parent
“I can’t tell you how much my entire family enjoyed the program. My daughter has not stopped talking about it and just glowed after the show.”
- Patricia, Parent
“I want to thank you again for the fantastic job you are doing!! My son went from being super excited about being in SWAT, ‘Mom, it’s such a great honor!’ to having serious doubts he could do the job, ‘Mom, I think I should quit,’ to last night: ‘I don’t know if they will invite me to join Celebration, but if they do, I would love to join’… Beyond dancing, it was the whole process of putting together the show with the band, the singers, the costumes and lighting, etc. that impressed him so much.”
- Anonymous Parent