Fridays 4:30pm-5:30pm PT
(Ongoing classes, student may join at any session.)
Valerie enjoys pulling from her diverse movement background to create combinations of varying jazz styles that are dynamic and inspired by both music and storytelling. Class begins with a warm up that is structured to build strength and integrate the body so that later, when learning choreography, it is prepared to execute the unique demands of dance. The class is meant to motivate and inspire students to explore artistic expression and step out of their comfort zone while improving technical skills.
Valerie Salgado (She/Her/Hers)
With an eclectic training background and professional experience in theater, television, and concert dance, Valerie brings a unique perspective to the classroom. She has worked professionally as a dancer and choreographer in New York City for over 14 years and moved to San Diego in 2019 to pursue her Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism and a Moderate/Severe Special Education Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. Some highlights from her career include serving as assistant choreographer for the Emmy award winning NBC show, SMASH, and the Off-Broadway original musical, Bunty Berman Presents, traveling the globe and performing in Disney Cruise Line’s Frozen, choreographing and directing an original children’s show for Europa Park in Germany, and serving as a dancer, choreographer, company manager, and director of education for Dance Lab New York. Valerie received her classical dance training at Le Studio in Pasadena, California, under the direction of Philip and Charles Fuller and earned her B.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. www.ValerieSalgado.com