Valerie Green has been an active dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the New York City dance community since 1995. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison and studying as one of the Erick Hawkins school’s last pupils, Green sought a platform for her own innovative movement style and artistic vision. She founded Valerie Green/Dance Entropy in 1998.
To date, Green has created 38 dances including 9 evening-length works, all of which incorporate forms of original production, musical composition, innovative set design or new media. Her choreography has been presented extensively throughout New York City at venues and events including: La Mama Moves Festival, Performance Mix and Dance Now at Joyce Soho, Movement Research at Judson Church, St. Mark's Church, Chashama, Mulberry St. Theater, Dance Now at Dance Theater Workshop, Center for Performance Research, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, University Settlement, the 92nd St. Y, Hunter College, Context, The Flea, Cunningham Studio, Dixon Place, Hudson Guild Theater, LaGuardia Performing Art Center, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Theater for the Riverside Church, Queens Theater, Triskelion Arts Center, Queens Museum, Flux Factory, Queens Botanical Garden, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dorsky Gallery, Voelker Orth Museum, Mannes College, Dance New Amsterdam, St. Sava Cathedral, Museum of the City of New York, the NYC Department of Transportation's Car Free Earth Day and Green Space.
Internationally, Green has toured to Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Canada, Croatia, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, India, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Cuba both as VG/DE’s artistic director and an individual teaching and performing artist. She has been featured on Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast and invited to participate as a distinguished guest moderator, panelist and committee member in culture programs across the city.
As a teacher, Green has integrated classical modern technique with her own somatic based movement practice to develop an individualized style called Dance Your Frame. She also leads series of movement workshops for non-dance populations rooted in the philosophy that all bodies can benefit from dance. Whether it’s working with the professional or aspiring dancer or leading workshop and performance residencies for trauma survivors, senior citizens, persons with disabilities or at-risk youth, Green fosters creativity and physicality beyond the stage.
In order to provide VG/DE a permanent company home and root her outreach programs in the community, Green founded a studio in Long Island City in 2005. Green Space is an unparalleled dance hub in Queens, providing performance opportunities for choreographers, classes for beginners and professionals and space rental for doers of all backgrounds. At Green Space, artists and community members alike hone their craft and experiment in a warm, welcoming environment that’s wholly devoted to dance.