Emcee Services and Festival Stage Managing

 
Emcee / Stage Managing


Valina has 21 years experience as emcee for German and International folk festivals.  She had her start on the microphone in the early 1990's filling in as announcer for De Texas Klompendansers when her father was not available to announce.  In 1997, she  announced for her folk dancing act "Ludwig and Theresa" and between acts at Oktoberfest at the Garden In The Heights in Houston.  She also announced for the dance stage at the Houston St Patrick's Festivals 1999 - 2001.  Her abilities grew with each festival in which she participated.  2005 - 2008, she emceed for the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio.  In 2006, she announced for the the Tomball German Heritage Festival.  She also was emcee for the Houston International Festival Sister City stage, and the Oktoberfest in Penang, Malaysia.  In 2007, she added Brenham's Maifest, Muenster's Germanfest, and several private events to her list.  
She began emceeing for Addison's Oktoberfest in 2005, and the Tomball German festivals in 2006 and returns to those events every year.  In 2011, she added the Galveston Oktoberfest to the list of annual events.  In March 2014, she announced for the International Showcase and Polka Dance, then the Formal Concert at the National Accordion Convention in Dallas, Texas.  

Valina couples her emcee work with stage managing.  Entertainment coordinating can go hand in hand with being an emcee, so oftentimes she holds all three positions.  She has worked in many situations, often with the best laid plans having to change at the last minute.  She easily rolls with the punches.  If a performer does not show up for their scheduled time, she either arranges others to fill the spot, or fills the spot herself with dance lessons, contests and interactive games, all while using the extra time to give additional attention to the event sponsors.   

Valina has hands
on experience working at festivals of many types.  She speaks some Dutch, and a little German.  If you need a stage manager or emcee who is familiar with German, Dutch, Czech, or other European festivals, you can count on Valina to do the job for you. 

For price and availability, call or e-mail: (area code 713) 598-8317  or  valinapolka@yahoo.com

Tomball German Heritage Festival and Braun Recruiting Co re: Houston's International Festival have written letters of recommendation regarding Valina's services.