Valhalla Tyson began dancing at age 2 in her hometown of Lawrenceville GA. In 1989, at age 6, she enrolled at Dance Arts Centre; where she would attend classes for the next eight years. While at Dance Arts Centre, Valhalla took classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, and tap. At 12 years of age, she decided to pursue her dream of being a ballerina.
Thus, in 1996, Valhalla began studying at the Rotaru International School of Ballet, enrolling in the Pre-Professional Program. There she trained 5-7 days a week in ballet, pointe, character, pas de deux, and variations classes. Valhalla studied mainly with Pavel Rotaru, the founder and artistic director of the school, who was trained in the Vaganova Method of Ballet in his native Romania and at the world renowned Kirov Theatre. During his 27-year performing career, Mr. Rotaru was a principal dancer at the Romanian National Opera Ballet, the Croatian National Opera Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Atlanta Ballet. Valhalla was also fortunate to have the opportunity to study with Ramazon Bapov (former principal at the Bolshoi Ballet), Paraschiv Pieleanu (former principal at the Bucharest Opera Ballet), Kay Whiffen (former ballerina with San Antonio Ballet, National Ballet in Illinois, and Rotaru Ballet), and Irena Pasaric (National Principal Dancer with the Croatian National Ballet).
In 2001, at age 17, Valhalla severely injured her knee while dancing. She spent the next five years dealing with surgeries, physical therapy, and more injuries. Even though being injured was devastating, it was during this time that Mr. Rotaru taught Valhalla how to teach the Vaganova Method of Ballet in order to make her a better dancer and to aid in her recovery.
Valhalla taught at Rotaru International School of Ballet from 2003 to 2005. She was in charge of the Pre-Professional program for the Ballet/Pointe 1 and Ballet/Pointe 2 levels as well as teaching all of the Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet 1, Pre-Ballet 2, and beginner and intermediate adult ballet classes. In 2006, after her third and last knee surgery, Valhalla ended her pursuit of a ballet career to concentrate on teaching. She is looking forward to passing on her love and passion for ballet to future generations.