Becky Valls Becky Valls

REBECCA VALLS

Assistant Professor of Dance, School of Theatre and Dance,



133 CWM, Houston, TX  77204-4016

rvalls@central.uh.edu, 713-743-5720

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1981       Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography, Sarah Lawrence     College, Bronxville, New York

 

1978       Bachelors of Fine Arts in Choreography, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana

 

1975       Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design,  University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana

 

 

 

CURRENT POSITIONS

 

2014 - 2015 Associate Professor of Dance, University of Houston, Texas

2008-13 Assistant  Professor of Dance, University of Houston, Texas

 

2000-14 Director/Choreographer,  Becky Valls & Company (with Young Audiences Houston)

 

2007-14  Director/Choreographer, Memoirs of the Sistahood series

 

 

 ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 

 

2008-2013 University of Houston: Assistant  Professor of Dance

 

1997-2008  Rice University: Director of Dance Program

 

1991-2008  University of Houston: Lecturer, Dance Faculty

 

1986-1990  Sacred Heart Academy, Louisiana: Dance Specialist

 

1977-1978  University of Louisiana: Lecturer, Dance  Faculty

 

 

 CURRENT PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

 

2010      Choreographer’s Lab, Jacob’s Pillow  Dance, Becket, Mass 2010

(8-day research question explored by group in choreography, “A Case for Embodied Learning”)

 

2002-12National Dance Education Organization Conferences:  
2002-Providence, R.I.;  2003 - University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; 2004 – Michigan State University, East Lansing;
2005 –University at Buffalo, New York; 2006- California State University at Long Beach;

2007 – Mobile, Alabama; 2008-Towson University, Baltimore, MD, 2009- New York City; 2010- Phoenix, AZ; 2011 –Minneapolis, MN

 

CURRENT TEACHING ANDPROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2008-2013, School of Theatre and Dance, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 

Assistant Professor of Dance, Teach the following courses:

  •  Senior Project and Career Management (mentor senior choreographers/prepare resumes & grant)
  •  Dance History I (history of western  theatrical dance pre-20th century)
  • Dance History II (20th century dance history- contemporary dance and ballet)
  • Dance Pedagogy I (pedagogical theory,  curriculum planning, and practice teaching K-5th)
  • Modern Dance I (beginning level modern dance technique)
  • Modern Dance III  (advanced intermediate modern dance technique / theory)
  • Advanced Technique &Theory (advanced modern dance technique/ theory)
  • Aesthetics of Movement (Core Course- dance appreciation)

 

 

1990-2013, Young Audiences of Houston, Houston, Texas

 

  • Director/Choreographer/Performer of Becky Valls and Company

         Dance of the Insects, For the Birds, and Under the Sea



  • Teaching Artist - conduct student workshops and residencies

         integrating movement into academic subjects



  • Mentor teachers in four schools who are the recipients of the Annenberg A+
    Challenge Program

 

 1994-2014, Presenter of Professional Development Workshops

  •  1994,1995, Texas Institute for Arts in Education, Houston, Texas
  • Presenter of 3-week Summer Session 1994, 1995- member of team of artist that trained classroom teachers in interdisciplinary arts instruction
  • 2003-2013, Professional Development for Elementary Teachers- Young Audiences Houston, Texas.  Presenter of 2-3 hour workshops in basic movement skills, pedagogical techniques, and the  integration of movement and curriculum (TEKS) for Houston ISD,  Humble ISD, Conroe ISD, Aldine ISD, Spring Branch ISD, Houston Zoo, and for Houston I.S.D. Fine Arts Strategic
    Initiatives. Teachers receive Continuing Education credit

 

 CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHY

 

*Choreography selected for  juried, invitational, or adjudicated concert

 

 Professional Choreography:

Memoirs of the Sistahood- Chapter Four: Sacred Trails, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 2013

 

Red Square *(reconstruction):

                WestFest Dance Festival, Martha Graham Theatre, New York City, New York, April 2013

              Harvest Chicago Dance Festival, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, Illinois, October 2012

                 Expressiones Cuatro Concert, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, Arizona, March 2011

              Navigating the Hallway Concert, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Texas October 2010

 

Web*, commissioned by Core Performance Co:

                Callanwolde Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2013

                Florida Dance Festival, USF Theatre, Tampa, Florida, June 2013

 

Memoirs of the Sistahood- Chapter Three: Ave Maria (evening length), in collaboration with sculptor, Babette Beaullieu, film maker, Deborah Schildt

                Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2012

                Diverse Works, Houston, Texas, October 2011

 

Unhinged* (solo), Big Range Dance Festival, Houston, Texas June 2010

Eyebox*, Co-choreographed with Leslie Scates, Big Range Dance Festival, Houston, Texas June 2010



Madonna, Let's Dance Concert, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston, Texas, April 2010 and

Faculty Dance Concert, College of Brockport, NY, November 2010

 

Memoirs of the Sistahood, Chapter Two: House, (evening length), Barnevelder Theatre, Houston, Texas, October 2009

 (In collaboration with sculptor, Babette Wattigny, film maker, Deborah Schildt)

 

Territory*, Big Range Dance Festival, Barnevelder Theatre, Houston, Texas, May 2009

 

Memoirs of the Sistahood- Chapter One, (evening length)

        Diverse Works Arts Space, Houston, Texas, December 2007

        Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2009

 (In collaboration with sculptor, Babette Wattigny, film maker, Deborah Schildt, and music composer, Misha Penton)

 

 Static,  *Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance, Miller Theatre, Houston, Texas,  September 2006

 

Façade, *Big Range Dance Festival, Barnvelder Theatre, Houston, Texas, June 2005

 

On the Wing, *Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance, Miller Theatre, Houston, Texas, September 2004

 

Palmetto,*12 Min. Max Concert, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas, October 1999

   

Farewell, Arts Alliance Center, Clear Lake, Texas, January1998

(Collaboration with choreographer, Victoria Loftin, and artist, Surpik Z. Angellini)

 

Daisy and Lily, *Houston Dance Coalition, Cullen Theatre, Houston, Texas, October 1997

 

Diary of a Mad Domestic, *Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance, Houston, Texas, September 1995



 White Wind, *JCC Dance Month –Choreographers
X6 Concert, Houston, Texas, January 1994

 

Red Square, *Houston Dance Coalition, Cullen Theatre, Houston Texas, October 1992

 

Passage, *Six Choreographers Concert, Cullen Theatre, Houston, Texas, November 1990

 

Children of the Rhyme, *University of Louisiana Artist Showcase, Lafayette, Louisiana, November 1990

 

 Cajun Days of the Week, Collaboration with choreographers of Moving South  Dance, Inc

       Tour of Festivals, France- 4 week tour, July 1990

        New Orleans Residency - 60 school performances/6 weeks, November /December 1986

        Children’s International Festival, Wolftrap, Virginia, 1986, 1987



Companion Pace,  Moving South Dance Concert, Lafayette, Louisiana, April 1988

 

Sacred Shadows, Moving South Dance Concert, Lafayette, Louisiana, April 1986 (Collaborative project with ethnomusicologist Austin
Sonnier and sculptor Babette  Wattigny)

 

 Private Property, Moving South Dance Concert, Heymann Center for the Arts, with Lafayette Ballet, afayette, Louisiana, April 1985

       Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana 1986

       Museum of Fine Arts, Sculpture Symposium, Houston, Texas April 1986

 

 Student Choreography:

 

 Drift, UH Dance Ensemble Works, Wortham Theatre, University of Houston, Texas 2014

Dangle, UH Dance Ensemble Works, Wortham Theatre, University of Houston, Texas 2012, 2013

*American College Dance Festival, Belhaven College, Jackson,  Mississippi 2013

 

The Seduction of Brie, AURA Concert, Moore’s School of Music University of Houston, April 2011

 

Different Trains, SFA Concert, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas, February 2011

Faculty Dance Concert, Wortham Theatre, University of
Houston, Texas  April 2010

 *American College Dance Festival, Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX March 1999

 

 Beater Wife, Faculty Dance Concert, Wortham Theatre, University of Houston, Houston, Texas  April 2009

 

Sisterhood,  Rice Dance Theatre, Hamman Hall, Rice University, Houston, Texas, April; 2007

 

 Red Squares,  Rice Dance Theatre, Hamman Hall, Rice University, Houston, Texas, April 2005

 

Rose and Alice,  Faculty Dance Concert, University of Houston, Wortham Theatre, Houston, Texas  April 2005

 

Kringsloop, Collaboration Concert with Rice Dance Theatre and Shepherd School of Music, With original music by Kurt Stallmann, Stude Hall, Houston, Texas April 2005

 

White Bird, Faculty Dance Concert, University of Houston, Wortham Theatre, Houston, Texas April 2003

 

 

Spotless, Rice Dance Theatre Concert, Hamman Hall, Rice University, Houston, Texas April 2002

 

 

War Hall, Rice Dance Theatre, Houston, Harjo Black Box, Rice University, Texas, April  2001

 

Lumbranzi’s Buffoonery, Rice Dance Theatre, Harjo Black Box, Rice University, Houston,  Texas November 1999 

 

Through Guilded Trellises, Faculty Dance Concert, University of Houston, TX, April 2000

 

 River of Milk, Faculty Dance Concert, University of Houston, TX, April 1999

 

Isecta Side, Faculty Dance Concert, University of Houston, TX, April 1996

 

 Support System,  American College Dance Festival, Little Rock, AK, March 1993

 

 Lollywally, ACDFA National Dance Concert, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., May 1981

 

Cajun Grass,  S.L.C. Dance Concert, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, April 1981

 

Woman, S.L.C. Dance Concert, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, April 1980

 

 

 GRANTS FOR CHOREOGRAPHY

 

Grant in Aid - University of Houston Grant to tour Memoirs Chapter Three to New Orleans, January 2013

 

Houston Arts Alliance Individual Project Grant to produce Memoirs of the Sistahood - Chapter Three: Ave Maria Houston, TX 2011

 

 UH Small Grants Program, to produce Memoirsof the Sistahood - Chapter Three: Ave Maria, Houston, TX 2011

 

Diverse Works Performing Artists Residency to perform Memoirs of the Sistahood - Chapter Three: Ave Maria, Houston, TX 2011

 

 Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship to be part of an 8-day dance research team (8 choreographers & 4 dance researchers),
Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer’s Lab, Beckett, Mass. 2010

 

 Provost Travel Grant, University of Houston, to present at the National Dance Education Conference New York City, NY June 2009

 

 National Performance Network Residency Grant, to perform Memoirs of the Sistahood- Chapter One at the Contemporary Arts Center &
do workshop at New Orleans Creative Center for the Arts 
New Orleans, La. 2009

 

 New Faculty Research Grant, to produce Memoirs of the Sistahood- Chapter Two, Barnevelder Theatre, Houston, Texas 2008

 

 Diverse Works Performing Artists Residency, to produce Memoirs
of the Sistahood- Chapter One,   Diverse Works Artspace, Houston, Texas 2007

 

 COMMISSIONS FOR CHOREOGRAPHY:

 

 

 CORE Performance Co, Atlanta (2013); Stephen F. Austin University (2010); San Jacinto College (2007,2005), High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Houston (2004), Urban Indian Beat Dance Company,  Houston (2002, 2001), Chrysalis Dance  Company, Houston (2000, 1996), Arts  Alliance Center, Clear Lake (1998), Joan
Karff’s New Dance Group, Houston (1991), Tour of Festivals in France
(choreographic collaboration by Moving South Dance, Inc. (1990), Baton Rouge  Ballet Theatre, Baton Rouge (1988), Lafayette Festival Ballet (1986), Moving South Dance, Inc. (1982-89)

 

 

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS



  

"Science Dance" American College Dance Festival, Belhaven College, Jackson, Mississippi, March 2013

 

 Science/Dance Project: Constructing  Knowledge through Creative Dance”, (Co-Presenter with Dr. Carolyn Black, UH Charter School), Association for Constructivist
Teaching National  Conference, Houston, October 2011

 

The Sustaining Power of Artistic Collaboration: The Madonna Project” (Co-Presenter with Dr. Suzanne Oliver, College of Brockport), Paper/video, National Dance Education Organization                Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2011

 

 “A Case for Embodied Learning- Jacob’s Pillow Choreographers Lab 2010” (Co-Presenter Dr. JodyWeber,Bridgewater State University,
Mass.),
Lecture/video, National Dance Education   Organization Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2011

 

An Artist/Agency Relationship: Developing Kinesthetic
Education through Young Audiences”

 

Lecture /video, National Dance Education Organization Conference, New York, June 2009

 

“The Stage is a Canvas- An Entry Point to Observing Dance”, Lecture/Workshop. National  Education Organization Conference,
Long Beach, California, October 2006

 

“Creative Movement for the Classroom”, Lecture/Workshop presentation, National Dance Education Organization Conference,
Michigan State University, October 2004

 

“Meaning of Dance” Lecture/Video presentation, sponsored by Weekend of Contemporary Dance, and Diverse Works, Houston, Texas, September  2002, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

News

Becky received tenure at University of Houston and is now an Associate Professor! 

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