As Artistic Director and choreographer for
6’, Toni Leago Valle combines writing,
acting, and dance to create multi-sensual works that challenge the audience to address current political and sociological issues.
Valle is trained in contemporary, modern, and
aerial dance. Valle is Professor of Practice at University of Houston
School of Theatre & Dance, where she teaches Dance Production, Marketing for Entrepreneurs, and Introduction to Dance, and is head of production for both the spring and fall dance concerts.
Valle has been the Company Manager for Karen Stokes Dance since 2010. Valle is a certified level 1 aerial instructor and a certified Level1 GYROTONIC(R) Method instructor. She was featured as one of four Texas aerialists in Arts and Culture Texas Magazine: http://artsandculturetx.com/flying-high-above-the-texas-sky-aerial-dance-takes-off-in-the-lone-star-state/?fbclid=IwAR0WG1PD6EXhl6EZBURT8CcI3jD_-BXiTKwgRNcfFJJSWE_3J5LXSDPHwhM
Valle received a B.A. in Dance from
University of Houston. Valle has received two Individual Artist Grants from Houston Arts Alliance to produce It’s All Relative in 2002 and
again in 2007 for her third evening-length concert, tetris, that premiered in January 2009. As Resident Choreographer for Dancepatheatre, Valle
premiered Glass Before Marriage, LifeSavor (2003); and Mockingbird (2004). As an individual
choreographer, Valle premiered the solo, I Am Mother (2005), a white-painted goddess inspired by Japanese Butoh dance that Valle performed two weeks
before she delivered her son, Dante. The goddess character was later adapted for Psophonia Dance Company’s Phantasia 2005 at the Hobby Center for
Performing Arts. Valle presented Interview for a Date/I Take My Clothes Off at the Big Range Dance Festival 2006, for the preview of CRACKED,
her second evening length concert that premiered in December 2006 as a recipient of the DiverseWorks Artist Residency. Her choreography has been seen at DiverseWorks, JCC, University of
Houston, San Jacinto College, HSPVA/Houston, Freneticore Theatre’s Fringe Festival and various art openings and outdoor events. In 2010, Valle premiered her new dance company, 6’
in Baptism. In 2012, Valle co-produced and co-choreographed Regifting Lions with Catalina Alexandra
and Lynn Lane. In 2016, Valle presented an encore version of CRACKED. Valle premiered the evening length Never Again in 2018, a vaudevillian look at Texas Legislation and the Resistance, to 5 SOLD OUT peformances. Valle hsa been the feautred dance company of the
Houston Women's March On rallies since 2019, presenting two excerpts from Never Again in 2019, HUMAN in 2020, and 5 dance for camera works for Making HERstory march online.
Valle premiered HUMAN re/con/struct/ for
the Pilot Project's Houston Fringe Festival at MATCH, Downtown Houston in 2021. This live performance was a culmination of a two year endeavor, the "HUMAN Project," that consisted of both
live and dance for film performances throughout 2019-2021. The project included the live performance at the Houston Women's March in 2019, a dance for camera work of company member solos at the
beginning of the pandemic lockdown in 2020, a dance for camera work of a collaboration of choreographic voices from five company members to the music, "Shifting Landscape" by Houston composer George
Heathco and the final live performance in 2021. The
"HUMAN re/con/struct/" live performance included the 2020 dance for camera video at the sculpture "Passave Inachieve" at Buffalo Bayou ArtPark, live dance, and the addition of aerial trapeze dance,
symbolizing the ongoing struggle of remote living during the pandemic.
Since 2004, Valle has partnered with vocalist
Misha Penton in varous works, both as a collaborator and choreographer. Penton has written and performed original music for CRACKED and
performed text written by Valle in Mockingbird. Valle has choreographed for Penton's The Ottavia
Project and Autumn Spectre. Most recently, Valle was featured in Penton's experimental opera on film, The Captured Goddess in 2015.
Valle has choreographed and performed in her
own works since 1999. As a performer, she was a company member with Karen Stokes Dance for 12 seasons and Becky Valls & Company for Young Audiences for 19 seasons. Valle was also
featured in four installments of Becky Valls' Memoirs of the Sistahood Series. Since 2000, Valle has performed with Chapman Dance,
Dancepatheatre, Divergence Vocal Theatre, Karen Stokes Dance, Psophonia Dance Company, and Suchu Dance. Valle has been featured in numerous concerts, including Natural Acts in Artifical Water and Open Book, Open House by internationally known choreographer Stephan
Koplowitz, A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance, and Marta Lichlyter’s A Thin Line as part of the
University of Houston’s Choreography in Action series on PBS.
For 12 years, Valle served as Project
Coordinator of Dance Source Houston, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting dance. Valle coordinated the production of Weekend of Texas Contemporary
Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre, maintained the dancesourcehouston.org website, the DSH Dance newsletter, the DSH marketing table, and the printed Dance Card.
Austin-Houston Choreographer Exchange, Life Museum and two
collaborations with Buffalo Bayou ArtPark are a few of the concerts Valle has co-produced. Valle has offered administrative, production and promotional services for art organizations, such as
Ad Deum Dance Company, Ars Lyrica, BBAP, Chapman Dance, Divergence Vocal Theatre, Houston Ballet, Mercury Baroque Ensemble, Psophonia Dance Company, Sandra Organ Dance Company,
Leslie Scates, Society for the Performing Arts, Karen Stokes Dance, Suchu Dance, Vault, and many others.