About This Program
The People We Meet and the Friends We Keep
The People We Meet and the Friends We Keep is a contemporary dance performance focused on creating and sustaining healthy relationships between peers, family members, the new people we meet, and those within our surrounding communities. Audience members will have an interactive performance experience as they are invited to think about solutions to problems between friends, explore body movements for self-expression, and use elements viewed in the performance to choreograph their own dance sequence based on what they believe it would take to create and sustain healthy relationships.
"Valerie is the most organized and passionate artist I have had the pleasure of working with! I love incorporating art into my lessons because it engages the students and helps them to learn, not only curriculum content, but also real life skills."
Kerri, Teacher, Seven Oaks Elementary
"I believe that Valerie is an important catalyst for discovery and achievement. Children need to be able to think and explore with the creative side of their brains. It gives them a better understanding of their world. The arts make children more flexible, gives them the ability to learn new skills in a new and different way, and to be creative and innovative. Valerie helps to tap, shape, and create their potential."
Cherisse, Teacher, Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School
"Our class has really enjoyed our new learning experiences with Valerie with the song "Can You Keep A Steady Beat" and playing the flute."
Mary Ann, Teacher, Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School