Rebecca B. Valls

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Biography

Becky Valls is an associate professor of dance at the University of Houston where she teaches dance education, dance history, and modern technique. She is the director of the UH Young Audiences Touring Company and a recipient of the Ross M. Lence Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (2013). As an independent choreographer, she produces and choreographs the Memoirs of the Sistahood series – evening-length, multi-disciplinary works based on her large Catholic family, with sculptor Babette Beaullieu of New Orleans, and film maker Deborah Schildt of Anchorage. The trio received a Houston Arts Alliance grant and two National Performance Network Grants to produce/tour Chapter One (2007), Chapter Two: House (2009), Chapter Three: Ave Maria (2011), and Chapter Four: Sacred Trails (2013).

In the last two years Valls' solo Red Square has toured to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Tempe Performing Arts Center in Tempe, Harvest Chicago Dance Festival at Ruth Page Arts Center in Chicago, and the WestFest Dance Festival in New York City. The solo is performed by Teresa Chapman.

This year Valls was a guest choreographer for Core Performance Company in Atlanta, Georgia and her new work, Web, was performed at the Calanwolde Center Atlanta and the Florida Dance Festival in Tampa.

In Louisiana, Valls served as Company Director /Choreographer for Moving South Dance Company  where her choreography was funded by numerous state grants from the Louisiana Arts Council and performed in New Orleans, Houston, Washington D.C. and France. Since residing in Texas, Valls' choreography has been presented by Diverse Works, Big Range Dance Festival, Chrysalis Dance Company, JCC Dance Month, Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre (4x), San Jacinto College, and Rice University where she served as director of the dance program and Rice Dance Theatre.

As a Teaching Artist for 23 years, Valls designs movement lessons with cross curricular links for elementary schools and conducts professional development workshops for teachers titled, “Creative Dance for the Classroom”. She is the director and choreographer of Becky Valls and Company, a performing group with Young Audiences of Houston that tours three dance/science performances titled Dance of the Insects, For the Birds, and Under the Sea. She is presently researching embodied learning with UH Charter School through the Science /Dance Project. The project trains classroom teachers to develop science/dance curriculum for the constructivist school and  documents how students construct knowledge of science concepts through dance.

Valls holds a Masters’ of Fine Arts in Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

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