Becky Valls is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Houston where she received the prestigious Ross M. Lence Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in 2013.
As an independent choreographer, she produced and choreographed the Memoirs of the Sistahood series - evening-length, multi-disciplinary works based on her large Catholic family from Louisiana, with sister/sculptor Babette Beaullieu of New Orleans, and film maker Deborah Schildt of Anchorage. They received numerous grants to produce Chapter One (2007), Chapter Two: House (2009) and Chapter Three: Ave Maria (2011) including a Houston Arts Alliance grant and a National Performance Network Grant to perform at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.
She recently was a guest choreographer for Core Performance Company in Atlanta, Georgia and her work, Web, was performed at the Callanwolde Art Center Atlanta (2013). In the last two years her solo Red Square was perofrmed at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Tempe Arts Center in Tempe, Arizona, the Harvest Chicago Dance Festival in Chicago, and the WestFest Dance Festival in New York City. The solo is performed by Teresa Chapman.
In Louisiana, Valls served as Company Director for Moving South Dance Company (1981-90) 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 20 years, Valls designs movement lessons with cross curricular links for elementary schools. She is the director and choreographer of Becky Valls and Company, a performing group with Young Audiences of Houston that integrates dance and science through performance. Her three science/dance programs titled Dance of the Insects, For the Birds, and Under the Sea have toured hundreds of elementary schools since 1992.
Valls holds a Masters’ of Fine Arts in Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College in New York where her choreography was adjudicated and selected by the American College Dance Festival for the national concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Memoirs of the Sistahood Chapter 4: Sacred Trails
Contemporary Art Center
August 3, 2013,8pm