Toni Leago Valle has a three-fold career. As Artistic Director and choreographer for 6’, she combines writing, acting, and dance to create multi-sensual works that address current political and sociological issues. Valle received a B.A. in Theatre, specializing in dance, from University of Houston in 2000. 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. Valle presentedInterview 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.
As a performer, Valle is a current member and Company Manager of Karen Stokes Dance and Becky Valls & Company for Young Audiences. Since 2000, Valle has performed with Karen Stokes Dance, Becky Valls’ Memoirs of the Sistahood Series, Dancepatheatre, Psophonia Dance Company, Divergence Vocal Theatre, Chapman Dance 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.
Valle is an adjunct faculty at University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, where she teaches Dance Production, Marketing for Entrepreneurs, and Aesthetics of Dance, and is head of production for both the spring and fall dance concerts.
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