Duke University | Classical Studies:

    Andrea Valdés
  • Andrea Valdés

  • Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance
      • Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686
      • 205 Bivins Building, 2 Bordie Gym Drive, Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708
      • Phone: (919) 660-3358
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  • Overview

    In my work I use dance as contemporary folklore. Everyone has a story to tell. The presence of Black women in America offers a rich and valuable landscape to explore. As a former dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, my creative process is strongly linked to identity and representation. My research is equally physical, creative and scholarly. My areas of interest include women in the arts, Afro-Cuban dance/music, African Diaspora history/culture through performance and Dance for the Camera. Currently I creating a series of unrelated works that promote original music by women composers. I focus on intra-cultural, interdisciplinary dialogues and activities that happen between Black women artists beyond the boundaries of national and political identities. My creative process explores the intersections between dance, music and writing as my own brand of performed folklore. SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers is the vehicle for the performance work I create. My company exists as a creative hub where projects and performances invite collaborators, artists and scholars to become part of the creative process In addition, I have recently joined with Black women artist in the Durham area to initiate the Black Women's Choreography Collective, which serves to support and nurture the creative process and cultural identity.    Edit
  • Education

    • M.F.A., Ohio State University 1999
    • B.A., Adelphi University 1986
  • Awards and Honors

    • North Carolina Artists Fellowship. North Carolina Arts Council., 2012
    • Teaching Excellence. Unknown., 2012
    • Collaborative Development Grant. Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University., 2011
    • Top 5% of Undergraduate Instructors. Duke University., 2011
  • Professional Activities

    • Presentation
      • Roots and Routes: Afro Latinidad In Motion. Panel moderator, English/Spanish translator, master class teacher and performer. Columbia College. July 13, 2014 - July 17, 2014
      • Panel Moderator. Dancing the African Diaspora/Theories of Black Performance. Collegium for African Diaspora Dance. February 2014
      • At The Soul Level: Dances to Celebrate the Spirit and the Soul. 13th Annual African American Cultural Celebration. North Carolina Museum of History. January 25, 2014
      • At The Soul Level: Dances to Celebrate the Spirit and the Soul. 13th Annual African American Cultural Celebration. North Carolina Museum of History. January 25, 2014
      • Bill T. Jones and Croche's Retort: An Insider's POV. September 27, 2013
    • Service to the Profession
      • Panel Moderator, dance class organizer, co-presenter. Lucumí Music: Singing, Dancing and Drumming the Black Divinity. Center for African and African American Research. December 11, 2013
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