Curriculum Vitae

 

Toni Leago Valle 

Artistic Director 6'

Choreographer, Dancer 

Company Manager, Karen Stokes Dance

University of Houston Dance Faculty

713/409-2838

toni@6degreesdance.org or tvalle@uh.edu

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND/TRAINING

 

  • Graduated Suma Cum Laude with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, specializing in Dance from the University of Houston in 2000.
  • Performed three years with University of Houston ENSEMBLE, the pre-professional dance company.
  • Attended two years at Houston Community College Central and danced with the HCC Repertory, the pre-professional dance company at HCC, under Deborah Quanaim.
  • Attended one year at College of the Mainland.
  • Graduated Clear Lake High School in 1987.

 

PRODUCTION AND ADMINISTRATION

  • (2003 – Current) Adjunct faculty at University of Houston, teaching Dance Production, Marketing for Entrepreneurs, and Introduction to Dance.  Ms. Valle teaches how to fund, market, and produce, a professional dance concert.  She assists students in producing the annual student and faculty dance concerts. She also teaches non-majors the basics of dance movement, dance history, and how to view and appreciate live dance.
  • (2000-2015) Administrator and Project Coordinator for Dance Source Houston.  Dance Source Houston was the producer of A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance for 15 years, a concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre that highlights 8-10 Texas contemporary dance companies each year.  As Project Coordinator, Ms. Valle plays an integral role in the marketing, production, and administration of this concert.  She also managed the www.houstondance.org website – a listing of Houston-area performances, reviews and previews, The Dance Card, a printed version of the website that is inserted into playbills and distributed throughout Houston; the DSH marketing table that is set up at events to promote the dance community, and the DSH Weekly Newsletter – an email newsletter listing workshops, auditions, events, and dance-related notices that reach over 1000 dance enthusiasts throughout Texas. Ms. Valle also provides administrative and promotional help to the art and dance community, including Houston Ballet, Society of Performing Arts, the Jewish Community Center, DiverseWorks, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, as well as over 20 small individual dance and art companies.
  • (2000-2004) Worked as administrator for Earthen Vessels/Sandra Organ Dance Company.
  • Worked three years as facilitator for Fieldwork, a 10-week creative and feedback workshop through Several Dancers Core and The Field based in New York City.
  • Produced the Austin-Houston Choreographer Exchange 2002.
  • Co-produced BBAP Presents… with Buffalo Bayou ArtPark, a collaboration between visual artists and choreographers.
  • Danced in and worked as administrator for UH Choreography in Action series, a DE course at the University of Houston that originally aired on Houston PBS.

 

CHOREOGRAPHY

 

  • Produced Never Again: Lessons 1 & 2 performed at Archway Gallery, Barnstorm, and UH’s rape on campus awareness event Take Back the Night in 2017.
  • Produced encore presentation of evening-length, CRACKED, at UH Quintero Theatre in 2016.
  • Co-choreographed and performed with Bessie-Award winner, Stephan Koplowitz in Natural Acts in Artifical Water (2012) and Open Book, Open House at Rice University (2000).
  • Co-produced the premiere of the evening length, Regifting Lions, with Catalina Alexandra and Lynn Lane in 2012.
  • Produced and premiered fourth evening-length concert, Baptism, as the opening of 6 Degrees.
  • Produced and premiered third evening-length concert, Tetris, at Barnevelder in February 2009.
  • Premiered Raven/Mockingbird at Jewish Community Center of Houston for Choreographers X 6.
  • Produced and premiered CRACKED, an evening length dance-theatre concert, in December 2006.
  • Premiered Interview for a Date/I Take My Clothes Off at Big Range Dance Festival 2006.
  • Premiered I am Mother at Big Range Dance Festival (2004).  The piece was then adapted as the central character for Psophonia’s Phantasia 2005.
  • Collaborated with musician, Misha Penton, for 2 premieres at Big Range Dance Festival: Mockingbird (2004) and Hopscotch (2005)
  • Served as Resident Choreographer for Dancepatheatre. Co-Produced Dancepatheatre’s, Life Museum (2003), as well as premiered two original works: Glass Before Marriage, and LifeSavor.
  • Collaborated with visual artist, Teresa O’Connor, for the art exhibit, Space (2002) and Waiting for BBAP Presents… (2003).
  • Choreographed works for UH ENSEMBLE, Big Range Dance Festival, San Jacinto College, DiverseWorks’ Monday Night Footfall, 12 Minutes Max, and The Field.
  • Produced and premiered her first evening-length concert It’s All Relative (2002).

DANCE PERFORMANCE

  • Artistic Director of 6 Degrees.
  • Current company member and company manager with Karen Stokes Dance (2003- current)
  • Performed in four installments of Becky Valls’ Memoirs of the Sistahood series (2007 - 2014).
  • Two seasons as Resident Choreographer for Dancepatheatre (2003)
  • Current company member with Becky Valls and Co. for Young Audiences (2000-2015)
  • Four seasons as a company member with Pink Aware Dancers Against Breast Cancer under Jane Weiner.
  • Five seasons as a company member with Suchu Dance (2000-2005)
  • Three seasons with Psophonia Dance Company (2002-2005) and featured soloist as Butoh Goddess in Psophonia’s Phantasia 2005.
  • Performed in A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance concerts 2000-2003 - Featured roles for Karen Stokes Dance - “Cowleader” solo (2003) and “You and I” duet (2005)
  • Performed as a solo performance artist in various venues for BBAP (2003-2005) and the Downtown Entertainment District Association (2003)      

 

MUSICAL EXPERIENCE

  • Ten years in reading music and voice training in choir
  • Four years training in piano

ACTING

  • Clear Lake High School; Thespian President (1986-87)
  • Houston International Theatre School for one year. (1985)
  • Chorus of Houston Grand Opera’s Hansel and Gretal (1985)

 

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP/RESEARCH/CREATIVE ENDEAVORS

 

  • Received the Diverse Works Performance Residency Grant 2010, a competitive grant for Houston individual artists, to premiere her dance company, 6 Degrees.
  • Received the Diverse Works Performance Residency Grant 2006, to premiere her second evening length show, CRACKED.
  • Received the Emerging Fellowship Award 2000 from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County to produce her first evening-length concert, It’s All Relative.
  • Her choreography, It’s All Relative, chosen for the American College Dance Festival Gala in 2001.
  • Graduated with honors, Suma Cum Laude from University of Houston in 2000.
  • Was placed on the Dean’s List at University of Houston from 1998-2000
  • Received the Dancer of the Year Award from University of Houston in 2000
  • Received a Scholarship from University of Houston in 2000 for outstanding academic performance.
  • A member of the Johnny Harris Writer’s Club, for poetry, prose, and short stories.
  • Was placed for two years on HCC’s Dean’s List, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Received the Dean’s Scholarship from Houston Community College in 1998 for academic performance.
  • Received a Theatre Scholarship from Clear Lake High School in 1987.

 

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