Valerie-Jean Miller

Valerie-Jean Miller Valerie-Jean Miller has been a dancer since the age of three, inspired by her father who was a dancer in vaudeville. Dance has always been her grand passion in life and now she is pleased to bring attention to all the great dance productions in the greater Los Angeles area.

The highlight of her professional dancing career, which began at age 15, was working for Bob Fosse from 1978-1981 in the Broadway Tony Award-winning musical "Dancin'." After performing in the show at the Broadhurst Theatre for the first year it was on Broadway, Valerie-Jean went on to be the Dance Captain and Featured Performer for the 1st National Tour for two years, including playing the Ahmanson for 3 1/2 months in the summer of '79, as well as in cities all over the country.

And for those who remember the golden age of television, starting at the age of 18, Valerie-Jean performed as a June Taylor Dancer on the Jackie Gleason show, and went on to tour with such notable dancers as Juliet Prowse as well as being cast in countless movies, dance companies, television series and TV specials, six Academy Awards Shows and various nightclub acts and Industrials.

Although her focus has always been on dance, Valerie-Jean is also an actress and singer who enjoys watching other artists at work and looks forward to seeing and sharing with Broadway World readers that extra something that can make a wonderful show something glorious!



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BWW Review: No Sleepin' on the Job in DREAMGIRLS  at The Cupcake TheaterBWW Review: No Sleepin' on the Job in DREAMGIRLS at The Cupcake Theater
Posted: Aug. 17, 2018


BWW Review: ABT Bewitches with La Bayadere' at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: ABT Bewitches with La Bayadere' at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Posted: Jul. 20, 2018


BWW Review: Under The Moonlight MOVES AFTER DARK Shines  at Walt Disney Concert HallBWW Review: Under The Moonlight MOVES AFTER DARK Shines at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Posted: Jul. 31, 2018


BWW Interview: Be My Guest As Choreographer Cheryl Baxter Opines On Choreographing The Classic Disney Musical Beauty & The Beast at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts PlazaBWW Interview: Be My Guest As Choreographer Cheryl Baxter Opines On Choreographing The Classic Disney Musical Beauty & The Beast at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Posted: Jul. 24, 2018


Bww Review: BERNSTEIN AT 100: Symphonic And Choreographic Lushness By The Sea At Burton Chase ParkBww Review: BERNSTEIN AT 100: Symphonic And Choreographic Lushness By The Sea At Burton Chase Park
Posted: Aug. 3, 2018


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BWW Review: No Sleepin' on the Job in DREAMGIRLS  at The Cupcake TheaterBWW Review: No Sleepin' on the Job in DREAMGIRLS at The Cupcake Theater
Posted: Aug. 17, 2018


BWW Feature: Bob Fosse's DANCIN' Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary and Cast Reunion at the Dancers Over 40 EventBWW Feature: Bob Fosse's DANCIN' Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary and Cast Reunion at the Dancers Over 40 Event
Posted: Apr. 14, 2018


BWW Review: ABT Bewitches with La Bayadere' at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: ABT Bewitches with La Bayadere' at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Posted: Jul. 20, 2018


BWW Review: DON QUIXOTE REIMAGINED BY THE NATIONAL BALLET OF UKRAINE at The Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: DON QUIXOTE REIMAGINED BY THE NATIONAL BALLET OF UKRAINE at The Orpheum Theatre
Posted: May. 23, 2018


BWW Review: Under The Moonlight MOVES AFTER DARK Shines  at Walt Disney Concert HallBWW Review: Under The Moonlight MOVES AFTER DARK Shines at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Posted: Jul. 31, 2018


BWW Review: No Sleepin' on the Job in DREAMGIRLS  at The Cupcake TheaterBWW Review: No Sleepin' on the Job in DREAMGIRLS at The Cupcake Theater
August 17, 2018

This musical is one that everyone loves, but it is not an easy one to put together and do right. Tor Campbell, the Director and Choreographer, has accomplished that with an abundance of clever ideas, high energy, style, conviction and talent. The entire Cast is on top of it, feeling and selling this Broadway treasure like nobody's business! There is so much heart in this large Cast that it just spills out everywhere on stage all the way to the back of the house. Besides non-stop movement, full-out everything across the board performancewise, each Principal and each Ensemble member puts their all into it. Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Kreiger, Originally Choreographed and Directed by the great Michael Bennett.

BWW Review: BON IVER & TU ~ MUSIC AND THE MOVES  ~  ENTERTAINING AND EVOLVING ~ COME THROUGH  at The Hollywood BowlBWW Review: BON IVER & TU ~ MUSIC AND THE MOVES ~ ENTERTAINING AND EVOLVING ~ COME THROUGH at The Hollywood Bowl
August 9, 2018

August 5th, 2018 During the summer months at the Hollywood Bowl, it is still light out when the evening's program begins, which afforded me the chance to take a look around and peruse the patrons. It seemed a bit atypical as far as age range of most Bowl goers; a rather young and hip group. It was a very packed crowd that assembled, hosted by KCRW's Musical Director Jason Bentley, to first hear William Brittelle 's Spiritual America featuring Wye Oak and the Metropolis Ensemble and then to experience the sensation of Tu Dance Company, accompanied by Bon Iver, in 'Come Through.'

Bww Review: BERNSTEIN AT 100: Symphonic And Choreographic Lushness By The Sea At Burton Chase ParkBww Review: BERNSTEIN AT 100: Symphonic And Choreographic Lushness By The Sea At Burton Chase Park
August 3, 2018

With Frank Fetta conducting the Marina del Rey Symphony and Nancy Dobbs Owen's Portrayal thru Dance of Leonard Bernstein's and Jerome Robbins' famed works, in celebration of his 100th Birthday, this marvelous concert took place at Marina del Rey's Burton Chase Park, where the ocean meets the land. There is something quite fabulous about sitting in the open air, a sea breeze blowing, a newly overcast sky, as the sun sinks past the horizon and people with picnics, dogs and children in tow, gather to hear one of the several free summer concerts, done bi-weekly, during the summer months.

BWW Review: Under The Moonlight MOVES AFTER DARK Shines  at Walt Disney Concert HallBWW Review: Under The Moonlight MOVES AFTER DARK Shines at Walt Disney Concert Hall
July 31, 2018

On a warm summer evening, a full moon highlights and envelops the outdoor three-piece dance concert at the intriguing and wondrous Walt Disney Concert Hall. Unlike the musical concerts and programs that are normally held there, these three dance pieces were choreographed, each in a different area outside or around the exterior of the Hall's structure, and sometimes even on the structure!

BWW Interview: Be My Guest As Choreographer Cheryl Baxter Opines On Choreographing The Classic Disney Musical Beauty & The Beast at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts PlazaBWW Interview: Be My Guest As Choreographer Cheryl Baxter Opines On Choreographing The Classic Disney Musical Beauty & The Beast at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
July 24, 2018

Disney's Classic Film and subsequent Broadway Musical are not easy to recreate and to do justice to as well, both to the animated film version and the original stage production. Five Star Theatricals has opened this past weekend at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/Kavli Theatre with a most lavish, charming and authentic version! I had the opportunity to speak with the Choreographer, Cheryl Baxter, of this delightful musical, and learned what it takes to be able to tackle this type of exciting but daunting project. I was not at all surprised to learn that it takes a careers'-worth of experience and dedication to be at this level.

BWW Review: ABT Bewitches with La Bayadere' at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: ABT Bewitches with La Bayadere' at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
July 20, 2018

On Friday July 13th, I witnessed the incredible performances of Misty Copeland, Isabella Boylston and Jeffrey Cirio as the lead soloists in the mesmerizing and captivating La Bayadere', at the world-renowned Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, at the Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles. ABT was presented as part of the 15th season of Gloria Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center. Thank you, Gloria, for being so generous in your love of Dance. It is a vitally important part of Los Angeles being able to appreciate Dance as one of the primary communicative Arts worth sponsoring and being available to our entire community. It is more important than ever, as, sadly, our support and funding for the Arts keeps dwindling on especially the National level.

BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET STRIKES IT RICH!!! 
at Laguna PlayhouseBWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET STRIKES IT RICH!!! at Laguna Playhouse
July 13, 2018

There are few shows of this genre, i.e., cover bands, tributes to, impersonators and artists embodying a legendary character... or three or four... that have the triple-threat talent needed for these portrayals of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

BWW Review: BARAK BALLET ~ BEAUTIFUL, BRAVE, BOLD AND BOUNTIFUL at THE BROAD STAGEBWW Review: BARAK BALLET ~ BEAUTIFUL, BRAVE, BOLD AND BOUNTIFUL at THE BROAD STAGE
July 6, 2018

Barak Ballet is a formidable dance company that was created and fleshed out by Artistic Director Melissa Barak, who is a native Californian, and who has performed with the New York City Ballet and the Los Angeles Ballet Companies before forming her own Company. She trained at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica beginning at the age of eight. She has performed the works of such balletic luminaries such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon, Eliot Feld and Robert Garland.

BWW Review: THE COLLECTIVE MEMORY PROJECT Reminds, Reflects and Rejuvenates at The Ford TheatreBWW Review: THE COLLECTIVE MEMORY PROJECT Reminds, Reflects and Rejuvenates at The Ford Theatre
July 2, 2018

Memory and Collective are the key words here. The performance is a collaboration, explored and presented from Memories of survival; old, new, brand new, collectively or individually. It is an evening of intertwining, sharing, searching, feeling, expressing and truth. It signifies also, to me, what is needed in our government structure today... a true conglomeration of all aspects to arrive at the best possible conclusion that will be of most benefit to ALL.

BWW Review: PARISIAN DREAM Une CRÈME de la FRENCH FANTASY at Assistance League Playhouse
June 26, 2018

Lola Ohlala has assembled a little gem of a Cabaret Versatile, putting together, for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, a charming, delightful tale, filled with laughter, gorgeous girls, feathers and sparkle galore, and dancing; lots of dancing!

BWW Review: LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE is an Entity All its Own at The Ford TheatreBWW Review: LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE is an Entity All its Own at The Ford Theatre
June 14, 2018

Lula Washington, an L. A. native from Watts, along with her husband Erwin Washington and daughter Tamica Washington Miller, have been the incumbent founders, creators, directors and choreographers of the LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE since 1980. They began with the goal to motivate, educate, inspire, challenge and enrich the lives of young people so they could become successful, productive and competitive citizens. Thirty years later, and now a major dance company all over the world, their appearance here in Los Angeles at The Ford Theatre was an incredible ensemble of dance works choreographed by a variety of talented artists, including Lula and Tamica, and performed by one of the most powerful, strong and exciting company of dancers on the planet.

BWW Review: EARTH & FIRE WALKING & ELOQUENTLY TANGOED at The BroadwaterBWW Review: EARTH & FIRE WALKING & ELOQUENTLY TANGOED at The Broadwater
June 12, 2018

??As part of the Hollywood FRINGE Festival, this tango treat, with a minimum of props and scenery, not one word spoken and a whole lot of passion and technique, Tomas Galvan and Gimena Herrera, from Argentina, tango their way into your hearts. Both Creators and the Choreographers of this piece, they take us with them on their journey of love.

BWW Review: BODY TRAFFIC - an Arresting, Full-Speed Ahead Performance at The WallisBWW Review: BODY TRAFFIC - an Arresting, Full-Speed Ahead Performance at The Wallis
June 4, 2018

BODY TRAFFIC is a well-established multi-themed contemporary dance company, made up of eight incredibly strong, amazingly agile dancers. They are known world-wide, but call Los Angeles their home. Their 3-night appearance at The Wallis Annenberg marks the conclusion of their 10th successful international tour, as well as the debut of a new work, entitled 'A Million Voices,' which is being world-premiered at their first-ever appearance at The Wallis.

BWW Review: DON QUIXOTE REIMAGINED BY THE NATIONAL BALLET OF UKRAINE at The Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: DON QUIXOTE REIMAGINED BY THE NATIONAL BALLET OF UKRAINE at The Orpheum Theatre
May 23, 2018

Leonid Sarafanov from Kiev, Ukraine is a principal ballet dancer with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia and a Teatro alla Scala soloist, and was a special guest star in this dazzling one night's performance of Don Quixote at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, playing Basilio with much flair and specificity. The company, playing two evenings in Los Angeles, presented Sleeping Beauty on Friday evening, May 18th and the lively Don Quixote for one exciting and much anticipated performance on Saturday, May 19th, at the historic Orpheum Theatre, in downtown Los Angeles.

BWW Review:  A TRIO OF CREATIVE SPRING PERFORMANCES, UNIQUELY STRUCTURED TO ENHANCE THE MAGNIFICENT GROUNDS AT THE BRAND  at THE BRAND LIBRARY & ARTS CENTER, GLENDALE, CABWW Review: A TRIO OF CREATIVE SPRING PERFORMANCES, UNIQUELY STRUCTURED TO ENHANCE THE MAGNIFICENT GROUNDS AT THE BRAND at THE BRAND LIBRARY & ARTS CENTER, GLENDALE, CA
May 22, 2018

Presented by The Brand Associates, and Curated by Jamie Nichols with much care, these performances are all totally different from one another with each dance company or artist using different elements of the Arts, combined with several forms of Dance, molding their piece using the surroundings to inspire their theme and designing the movements to work around site-specific locations.

BWW Feature: CHITA!  THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THE BEST! 
at The Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Feature: CHITA! THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THE BEST! at The Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts
May 16, 2018

If you don't know who Chita is, all you have to do is click here: http:www.playbill.comarticlewarren-beatty-kenny-leon-chita-rivera-uma-thurman-receive-actors-funds-medal-of-honor, and that should get you up to speed, somewhat. As I write this, she is being honored tonight, May 14th, 2018 by the Actor's Fund as one of their Medal of Honor recipients.

BWW Feature: PDS's Star-Studded Luncheon and Gypsy Award Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel International BallroomBWW Feature: PDS's Star-Studded Luncheon and Gypsy Award Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom
May 5, 2018

4/15/18 ~ HONORING GEORGE CHAKIRIS, BARRIE CHASE & TONI BASIL There's a certain feeling that invades my consciousness when I attend a Dancer's Event... It is a deep, passionate, all-encompassing love amongst it's members. And that is what I was feeling, attending a most prestigious (in my opinion) Event; The Professional Dancer's Society 31st Annual Luncheon & Gypsy Award Ceremony, held Yearly in the International Room at the Beverly Hilton.

BWW Review: TAO:  DRUM HEART; A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF JAPANESE ARTISTRY ~ at THE BROAD THEATREBWW Review: TAO: DRUM HEART; A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF JAPANESE ARTISTRY ~ at THE BROAD THEATRE
May 4, 2018

Tao, means the path, or the Way; it is 'ever present, but must be manifested, cultivated and perfected in order to be realized.' That is the tenet applied in this extraordinary production of Japanese drumming, dazzling choreography and a unique, charming on-stage presence by the entire Cast.

BWW Review: WHAT A TREAT, THE CURRENT NORRIS THEATRE'S 42ND STREET REVIVAL!BWW Review: WHAT A TREAT, THE CURRENT NORRIS THEATRE'S 42ND STREET REVIVAL!
May 3, 2018

Having seen 42nd Street when it first opened on Broadway, and seeing this version all these years later, was refreshing and really made me happy that tap is still one of the most enjoyable forms of entertainment to watch or do.

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Highlights The Message Of True Spirit & Inner Beauty Through Movement And Song at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts PlazaBWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Highlights The Message Of True Spirit & Inner Beauty Through Movement And Song at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
April 28, 2018

Dance serves a major purpose in musical productions. It enhances the script, it visually confirms what is being said and adds a physical energy that elevates the intent and solidifies who the characters are. This production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, A NEW MUSICAL, which is produced by 5-Star Theatricals, based on the Victor Hugo novel, with songs from the Disney film, by the unbeatable team of Alan Menken (Music) and Stephen Schwartz (Lyrics), plays now through April 29th, at the beautiful Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.



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