Valerie Mahabir ~ BalletValerie Mahabir is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Desert Youth Ballet. She holds a Registered Ballet Teaching Degree from the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England. She is currently instructing youth from the Coachella Valley in compliance with the international standards of the Royal Academy of Dance. These students train hard and are subject to annual ballet examinations. In the past, she also taught students at the Children's Discovery Museum in Rancho Mirage and the YMCA in Palm Desert.
Valerie is the sole certified Royal Academy of Dance instructor in the Coachella Valley, and is also qualified to teach handicapped children. After achieving her certification in 1968, she had the opportunity to dance for The Royal Family including Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Pope John Paul II, and the King and Queen of Romania.