INTENSIVES

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The VALLETO Dance and Heal intensives happen twice a year. 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). 

NEXT INTENSIVE: WINTER INTENSIVE 2023

Location: TBA

Winter Intensive 2023

Heal + Dance Edition:
This course is designed for all humans (dancers and non-dancers) who crave to be in a safe and intimate space for self- expression and movement exploration. This exploration involves several modalities we utilize in VALLETO choreographic processes such as improvisation, conversation, acting methods, meditation, partnering, embodied and somatic practices, sound, and more.

Our Core Values: Liberation, Self-Expression, Autonomy, Curiosity, Trust, Safety, Inclusivity, Movement Research, Empathetic Listening 

Our intentions are:
• To create a supportive and loving community.
• To connect with our intuition, our inner self, our truth & our power.
• To express ourselves fully, and be witnessed with love.
• To connect and explore our feminine power.
• To reclaim our voice and bodies.
• To learn healing and holistic modalities.

Summer Dance Intensive 2023

VALLETO summer intensive is a 11-day dance training workshop designed for dancers who wish to strengthen their techniques, expand their dance network, connect with their artistic mission and be in a creative and choreographic process. This intensive includes dance techniques such as floorwork, ballet, gaga, dance theater, partnering, improvisation, and flying low taught by invited guest artists and director Valeria Gonzalez. In addition to our physical training workshop, and our creative choreographic process, the students will have the time to engage in conversation, journaling, holistic methods and mentorship. Every VALLETO summer intensive culminates with a performance project open to the public.

 

VALLETO COMPANY CLASS

Unpredictable Bodies

Valeria's classes take you on a physical and sensorial journey to awaken the unconscious, and emotional inner knowledge. Valeria cultivates a safe space for the students to have a deeper connection to the movement practices. Her workshops also focus on exploring partnering dynamics, undoing old movement habits, and unveiling the psyche through a variety of contemporary dance methodologies, improvisation, and acting methods. Her goal is to invite the students to have more awareness of their bodies, their minds, and their spirits to find freedom in the uncomfortable. Valeria encourages her dancers to tap into their imaginations, and their desires for unapologetic self expression.

She also includes:

ºHolistic Approaches (Meditation)

ºDialogue

ºEmbodiment Practices

ºDiscovering What Is Your Artistic Statement (Journaling)

 

VALLETO CHOREOGRAPHY/CREATIVE PROCESS

Valeria’s choreographic process excavates deep emotional states and memories through movement research, shapes, geometry, voice, the outer and inner world, sound, curiosity and collaborative exploration. She safely invites her dancers to be vulnerable and allows them to unveil the many layers that our collective consciousness hides.  

Valeria is interested in the creature we all hold within. The curious creature that needs to be fed, the creature we had abandoned when we were children. Her goal is to awaken, and allow uninhibited self-expression in all aspects of the process to happen. 

 

Guest Artists: TBA

 

Participants must be 18 years old or more by the date of the workshop.

 

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"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

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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

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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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"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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Unpredictable Bodies + Choreographic Process

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TBA

"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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