Valeria Y. Gonzalez is the founder and artistic director of VALLETO. VALLETO is an emerging dance-theater company in New York, with an eager and supportive community that has been following the company since its inception. Valeria has choreographed and directed three evening-length seasons for VALLETO in New York and Brooklyn, and was also commissioned by HERE Arts Center in 2015. Her unique and evolving artistic language has inspired and created a culture that celebrates the individuality of the dancer and fuses dance-theater, visual arts, and a taste of Valeria’s Mexican culture into one experience. As a Mexican/American dance artist, her passion is to nurture and celebrate diversity in each and every one of VALLETO’s events. Valeria’s passion is making theatrical work that explores collectively what the unconscious mind hides in the body.
Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Juarez, Mexico, Valeria’s passion for dance led her to embark on a journey in professional dance programs such as Ballet Divertimento in Montreal, and The Ailey School in New York. Valeria also graduated with a BFA in Communication Arts and TV Production from the New York Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, she worked full time for NBC New York as their Production Assistant along their news producers, reporters, anchors and assignment desk editors. Valeria found choreography and direction as her true passion in the midst of a back injury, working for NBCNY and her personal experiences. Her curiosity for the unconscious mind, the soul, the body and her constant desire to make a difference in the world of dance resulted in VALLETO. Channeling her roots as a Mexican/American dance artist, her vision is to educate, inspire, and raise a stronger voice for dance and the arts in different countries. Valeria is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at NYU Tisch School of the Art.