Andrea W. Valdés, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance and Related Faculty, Arts of the Moving Image

Andrea W. Valdés

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

Contact Info:
Office Location:  2020 Campus Dr., Suite 209C, Durham, NC 27705
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3358
Email Address:   send me a message
Web Page:   http://www.souloworks.com

Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • DANCE 210.01, INTERMEDIATE MODERN DANCE Synopsis
    Rubenstein 201, MW 01:25 PM-02:55 PM
  • DANCE 310.01, ADVANCED MODERN DANCE Synopsis
    Rubenstein 224, TuTh 04:40 PM-06:10 PM
  • DANCE 410.01, INTENSIVE MODERN DANCE Synopsis
    Rubenstein 201, MW 01:25 PM-02:55 PM; Rubenstein 224, TuTh 04:40 PM-06:10 PM
  • DANCE 412.01, REPERTORY: MODERN Synopsis
    Rubenstein 224, TuTh 06:15 PM-08:15 PM
Education:

M.F.A.Ohio State University1999
Master of Arts in HumanitiesUniversity at Buffalo2009
B.A.Adelphi University1986
Specialties:

Technique
Choreography
Research Interests: Afro-Cuban dance/music, women in the arts, African Diaspora history/culture, Dance for the Camera

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. A.E. Woods Valdés, Pushing Back: Bill T. Jones & Anne Bogart Combine Forces to Reimagine The Rite of Spring, edited by Bernadine Jennings, Attitude: The Dancers' Magazine, vol. 25 no. 4 (Spring, 2013), pp. 77-87, Dance Giant Steps [com] .
  2. A.E. Woods Valdés, Sacred Survival: Orisha Dance and the Ring Shout, Performative Symbols of African Retentions in the New World, edited by Bernadine Jennings, Attitude: The Dancers' Magazine, vol. 25 no. 1 (Spring, 2012), pp. 11-17, Dance Giant Steps .
  3. A.E. Woods Valdés and Dr. Joan Francisco Valdés Santos, Saturday at the Rumba: A Photo Essay, Winter 2011, edited by Bernadine Jennings, Attitude: The Dancer's Magazine, vol. 24 (Winter, 2011), Dance Giant Steps  [abs].
  4. A.E. Woods Valdés, Nanigi on the Horizon: Garifuna Settlement Day in Dangriga Belize, edited by Bernadine Jennings, Attitude: The Dancer's Magazine, vol. 23 no. 4 (Winter, 2010), pp. 65, Dance Giant Steps [openurl]  [abs].
  5. A.E. Woods Valdés, The Presence of the Past: Reveling the Eloquence of Dancer Matt Turney, edited by Bernadine Jennings, Attitude: The Dancer's Magazine, vol. 24 no. 2 (Summer, 2010), pp. 61, Dance Giant Steps [openurl]  [abs].