Toni Leago Valle is trained in contemporary, modern, and aerial dance, and
is the Artistic Director and choreographer for 6’. Valle is a certified
level 1 aerial teacher from Vault Houston under Amy Ell, and is currently in
training for her Level 1 Gyrotonic(R) Method Certification. Valle is also
an adjunct faculty at University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance and
Company Mananger of Karen Stokes Dance.
As a choreographer, Valle premiered “Never Again,” a three-year endeavor
about the Texas Legislation and forms of Resistance, as a vaudeville and
aerial circus, to five sold out performances. The company has performed
section of “Never Again” at political events, rallies, and art events. Most
recently, her company performed at the 2019 “Women’s March” in downtown
Valle received a B.A. in Theatre/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 in 2007 for “tetris.” Valle
presented “CRACKED” in 2006 as a recipient of the DiverseWorks Artist
Residency. Her choreography has been seen at DiverseWorks, JCC, MATCH,
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.”
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.
As a performer, Valle is currently a dancer for Becky Valls & Company for
Young Audiences. Since 2000, Valle has performed with Karen Stokes Dance,
Dancepatheatre, Psophonia Dance Company, Divergence Vocal Theatre, Chapman
Dance, Becky Valls’ “Memoirs of the Sistahood” Series, Vault, 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 “A 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.
Valle is also an adjunct faculty 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.