Andrea Woods Valdes

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Andrea Woods Valdes

Dancer/choreographer/video artist/musician/teacher Andrea E. Woods is Artistic Director of SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers and Associate Professor of Dance at Duke University as well as staff writer for Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine. In 1999, she completed her MFA in dance technology at The Ohio State University and currently creates live performance works as well as videodances.

Her video works have been screened at BRIC (Brooklyn Information and Culture), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, BAAD, Brooklyn Museum of Art, MassMoCa and the Wexner Center. She continues to do guest lecture-demonstrations based on creative process of video/performance works that center on the body as the medium and the message. Woods is a native of Philadelphia and long time Brooklyn resident. She has received grants from: The Jerome Foundation, (NEFA) The National Dance Project, National Performance Network and Arts International. Andrea is an American Antiquarian Society Fellow and her work and research have taken her to Cannes International Dance Festival, Taiwan, Russia, Senegal, Morocco, Korea, Puerto Rico, Poland, Singapore, Belize, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Ghana and Cuba and throughout the US. She has done collaborative works with musicians Randy Weston, David Pleasant, Tiyé Giraud, Madeleine Yayodele Nelson and Philip Hamilton as well as spoken word artist, hattie gossett.

Andrea was part of the American Dance Festival Faculty 2000 – 2007. She has been guest faculty and choreographer at Medgar Evers College, Howard University, Ohio University, Rhode Island College, California State University Long Beach, North Carolina School of the Arts, Hollins University, Sarah Lawrence, Goucher College and Spelman College. She was faculty at New York University Tish School of the Arts teaching modern dance and Dance for the Camera (2002-2007). Andrea also holds an MAH from SUNY Buffalo in Caribbean Cultural Studies. Woods calls her dances SOULOWORKS because they are works from the heart, works from the Soul.