This rigourous and healing intensive is led by Valeria Gonzalez, and guest emerging international choreographers, and guest speakers. It is aimed at empowering women to be game changers and rule makers in their own environments. This one of a kind intensive combines the healing powers of community with the trainings that is required for contemporary dancers today. Every dancer will be immersed in research, mentorship, guided self-discoveries, and dance techniques such as, Contemporary, Floorwork and Improvisation.
Intensive: January 10th - January 22nd
This 2-week intensive will provide dancers with the professional experience of working with renowned emerging choreographers, an artistic statement, and a physical trained body. Intermediate and advanced dancers from all over the globe are welcome to apply.
Dancers will also be mentored one-on-one during the intensive, and much more!
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.
Contemporary Methods | Embodied Leadership Mentorship
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.
VALLETO INTENSIVE 2019 PARTICIPANT
VALLETO INTENSIVE 2019 PARTICIPANT
Contemporary Forms (USA)
Sleep No More
Improv (Chile / TLV)
Ballet & Ballet Body Training
"My goal is to create a safe space for the participants to learn in detail and receive personal feedback from our guest artists and myself. I curated this intensive with a variety of techniques and styles to provide a broader insight of the contemporary dance world."
FOUNDER | DIRECTOR