Valerie Harmon was born in Lompoc, California, where she trained with Denise Donlon at the Lompoc School of Dance. She spent summers training with Long Beach Ballet Arts Center, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. She began her professional career with State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara under Rodney Gustafson. In 2006, she was privileged to join Milwaukee Ballet for its production of Swan Lake. After completing The Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program, Harmon accepted a position with Milwaukee Ballet for its 2008-2009 season. During her time with the Company, she has performed as Candide Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, the Spirit of the Glass Slippers in Cinderella, Prayer in Coppélia, Marie in Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker, Wendy in Michael Pink's Peter Pan, Mina in Michael Pink's Dracula and Odette in Michael Pink’s Swan Lake. She has also danced in new works by Cameron McMillan, Mark Godden, Timothy O'Donnell, Mauro de Candia, Petr Zahradnícek, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Val Caniparoli. In 2011, Harmon was privileged to dance with Dance Grand Moultrie at Summerstage in New York City. In addition, she was featured as Giselle and Odette in the inaugural season of DManagement's Performing Arts in Chicago.