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Intensives | Valleto

INTENSIVES

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The VALLETO Dance and Heal intensives happen twice a year; once during summer time in New York City, and the other during winter time in Miami. They are global, inclusive, transformative incubators + dance training programs that combine dance, holistic methods, and the experience of collaborating with other dancers, with a performance experience for a live audience (summer intensive only). 

Our intensives and guest teachers are curated by VALLETO Director Valeria. She brings some of the most renowned choreographers, dance and holistic educators, embodiment coaches and others that are passionate about their work. She feels these professionals are required for contemporary dancers today, especially after surviving a world pandemic. Every dancer will be immersed in movement and soul searching, mentorship, guided self-discoveries, and dance techniques such as contemporary, counter technique, floor-work, classical ballet, gaga and more.

Both intensives are by invitation and on an application basis

2022 Winter Intensive: January 10th - January 22nd

for dancers and non-dancers

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Photo Credit: Alba Garcia

"I found the effects of the intensive even weeks later, rewiring my brain into new ways of thinking and appreciating both myself and the people around me. Experiencing and communicating constantly with the other individuals was more powerful than I realized at the time."

Intensive Participant

Our Winter Session: (Time to Rest)

  • We will cover many healing modalities such as meditation and somatic practices
  • We will learn about our inner seasons (menstrual cycle), and how to live our lives in full devotion to our language of our innate senses and bodies
  • We will delve into embodied practices that allow ourselves to access more of our personal creativity, and dive deeper in to movement research
  • We will explore our identities, deconstruct and establish our boundaries, and create our artist statements and manifestos
  • We will have the opportunity to look into our own ideas and develop them with the support of our teachers and coaches
  • We will move through techniques such as gaga, contemporary, and counter technique
  • We will dive into the process with Valeria
  • We will create a safe community
  • You will stand in your power as a human being who never separates from their artistic eye and exploration
  • You will pave the way for your new year

Our Summer Session: (Time to Shine) 

  • We will provide dancers with the professional experience of working with renowned and emerging choreographers, teachers, and educators
  • We will work through different modalities such as acting, flying low, gaga, contemporary, ballet, improvisation, and more. (The classes will vary year to year)
  • We will work in a collaborative environment to curate a work to perform at the end of the intensive
  • You will train and gain a strong physical body
  • You will be mentored, and coached for anything that you are dealing with inside or outside of the intensive, if you desire
  • You will give a voice to your body and a body to your desires
  • You will be immersed in research, mentorship, and guided self-discoveries
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"Working with VALLETO has been a source of rich, inquisitive stimulation that has opened my mind to what might be possible for the future of collaboration, art, and movement. As the world adapts to the “new normal” everywhere we turn, it gives me hope that movers across the globe have not lost the desire to exercise their creative and physical muscles, finding ways to keep the spirit of dance alive. I am inspired by this team of artists, and I have been reminded that movement has the power to heal us all and this is what unites us. I was drawn to VALLETO for their genuine efforts to amplify female-identifying voices, and give them a place where they feel liberated, supported, and ready to take risks. Every day I am examining what it means to unapologetically be myself, and I feel I am getting closer to the answer through this collaboration with VALLETO."

Jessica Germano

FORMER VALLETO DANCER

2022

January 10th - January 22nd

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday 3 - 8pm

Location: Miami 

 

Very Early Bird Price: $555

Available until October 18th

Early Bird Price: $666

Available until November 30th

Regular Price: $777

 

**we have a four part payment plan available through sezzle**

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will close when all spots have been filled. 

We have a four part payment plan available through Sezzle. 

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Photo Credit: Alba Garcia

"I never expected to be a part of something so real. The environment we have created in VALLETO has allowed me to experience this entire process with honesty and to give full-bodied attention to the work, to the cast, and to myself."

Adie San Diego

FORMER VALLETO DANCER

Valeria Gonzalez

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Contemporary Methods | Embodied Leadership Mentorship

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Monica Steffey

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Untamed Curiosities (USA)

Monica Steffey is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer, and community activist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance from Skidmore College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Monica is a Company Dancer with Soluq Dance Theater and has danced for VIVO Ballet, Amirov Dance Theater, and HIVE Dance Company. In addition to working with these companies Monica has studied and performed internationally in Israel, Hungary, and Ghana. She has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Sidra Bell, Paul Taylor, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Shen Wei, Jason Ohlberg, Erika Pujic, and Ali Kenner Brodsky. She has also worked as a Teaching Assistant for Enzo Celli at both Peridance International Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.

In 2020, Monica premiered her movement research theories in Santa Cruz, California, with HIVE Dance Company, exploring empathetic emotional extremes through movement and connection. In the midst of the pandemic, Monica founded Wet Hairy Women, a project focused on curating artwork that exposes and questions the raw truths of womanhood. She is also a co-founder of Community Art Share, an online platform/space for artists to share their projects, ideas, questions, and to give feedback. In addition to her work performing and creating, Monica spent the past 6 months leading one of the largest vaccination efforts across all five boroughs of NYC in reaching marginalized communities. For her newest initiative, Monica is developing a physical research program, Leadership Training for Dancers.

Monica’s class is provocative, expressive, and open. Her movement classes break the norms of traditional movement styles and pedagogical structures. Every class is different and greatly determined by the people in the room. Monica bases her movement research in questions that reveal truths about the human condition. Within a guided improvisational format, Monica explores what it means to tap into our innate curiosities and find our voices as artists and activists. What do you want to say? What do you need to share? A playground for the inner child to liberate, anything goes. Judgement is left at the door, and boundary-breaking self-discoveries are made. Monica’s class invites the unapologetic, uninterrupted, and untamed fire within all of us to speak. 

"Working with Valleto is always intense. Val is an intense person herself, and she embraces this part of her in her work. Her deep connection to her sexuality and her mission to unleash the inner sexual demon we all have in us allows a unique experience to shine through. Working with Val makes you realize you’re more badass than you know. She does this with incredible finess and ease, like she was made to bring about kings, queens and majestic beings in the world through her wild mind and incredibly emotional workshopping. Valleto is otherworldly."

Jensen Springer

VALLETO INTENSIVE 2019 PARTICIPANT

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"I feel like I grew so much from this intensive, not just as a dancer, but as a human being. We really pushed ourselves physically, but I always felt safe and supported. Everybody involved was able to tap into this really beautiful vulnerability and have the support of everybody in the room. Those moments are so magical because it is so rare and truthful. You feel safe to take risks and push beyond your limits because you know everybody is there for you."

Rachel Lovett

VALLETO INTENSIVE 2019 PARTICIPANT

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Paulina Espinosa

Flying Low (Artistic Exchange with Mexico)

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Isela Quintana

Floorwork (Artistic Exchange with Mexico)

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Floorwork (USA)

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Monica Steffey

Untamed Curiosities (USA)

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Two in seven billion

Floorwork (USA)

2020

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Ashley Robicheaux

Contemporary Forms (USA)
Sleep No More

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Stephanie Langdon

Improv (Chile / TLV)

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Talya Sato

Ballet & Ballet Body Training
(Mexico)

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Emma Evelein

Contemporary (Amsterdam)

2019

Elia

Elia Mrak

Flying Low

Layne

Layne Willis

Sleep No More

Jacob

Jacob Wollos

Sound Designer

Find freedom in the uncomfortable.

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Photo Credit: Alba Garcia

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