Points of Connection w/Valerie
Saturdays 2:00pm-2:45pm PT
(Ongoing classes, student may join at any session.)
Like all classes at Teatro San Diego, Points of Connection is an inclusive classroom that welcomes students of all backgrounds and abilities to come together and explore dance in a safe and encouraging environment. This class is specifically designed to support individuals with disabilities through the use of visual supports, movement modifications, and reflexive instruction tailored to the needs of individual students. Participants can expect to engage in movement exercises that will help students connect with their bodies, music, and community through dance. Activities will target increasing flexibility, building strength and coordination, exploring rhythm, and having fun! No dance experience is needed. It is recommended, but not required, that a friend or family member in the same household participate alongside the student enrolled, while learning on a virtual platform. If you have any questions about the class, feel free to reach out to Valerie Salgado at Valerie@Valeriesalgado.com.
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.