Valerie Green has been an active dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the New York City dance community since 1995. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison and studying as one of the Erick Hawkins school’s last pupils, Green sought a platform for her own innovative movement style and artistic vision. She founded Valerie Green/Dance Entropy in 1998.
To date, Green has created 38 dances including 9 evening-length works, all of which incorporate forms of original production, musical composition, innovative set design or new media.
Her choreography has been presented extensively throughout New York City at venues and events including: Danspace Project @ St. Mark’s Church, Wave Hill, Queens Museum, La Mama Moves Festival, Joyce Soho, Movement Research at Judson Church, Chashama, Mulberry St. Theater, Dance Now at Dance Theater Workshop, Center for Performance Research, Tribeca Performing Arts Center,
University Settlement, the 92nd St. Y, Hunter College, Context, The Flea, Cunningham Studio to name a few.
As a teacher, Green has integrated classical modern technique with her own somatic based movement practice to develop an individualized style called Dance Your Frame.
She also leads series of movement workshops for non-dance populations rooted in the philosophy that all bodies can benefit from dance. Whether it’s working with the professional or aspiring dancer or leading workshop and performance residencies for trauma survivors, senior citizens,
persons with disabilities or at-risk youth, Green fosters creativity and physicality beyond the stage.
Class begins with a series of floor exercises designed to awaken the feet, spine, center and pelvis.
Next, standing center work focuses on technical exercises supported by proper alignment.
The class culminates in rhythmical, full-bodied across the floor movement combinations that incorporate the use of turns, jumps,
working in and out of the floor, detailed gestures, and diverse dynamics.
The principles emphasized in this class are universally beneficial to dance training and include using the power of the center to initiate,
control, and radiate movement, plus pelvis initiation, and the use of under and over curves.
Informing this class is Green’s certified background in BodyMind Fitness.
Exercises are guided with the safe use of body mechanics and neuromuscular imagery,
highlighting movement that follows the logic of the body’s innate spirals and bone rhythms.
This workshop shares valuable creative movement exercises and tools that stimulate the mind and body to improvise and generate new ideas.
Class participants create in a nurturing environment where they are guided to break old habits, find new pathways and discover their own movement conceptions.