VAL IFILL DANCE My collaboration with Valerie Ifill began in the summer of 2008, when Val asked me to 'be in charge' of costuming her upcoming MFA concert at the University of Oregon. Valerie had a dream of creating the costuming with her cast. It was my job to help come up with a variety of materials,
Valerie Ifill graduated from Kent State University in 2003 where she studied business administration and dance. She worked in the arts administration field for over five years completing two internships as assistant company manager at Porthouse Theatre, an equity company in northeast Ohio. After continuing her dance studies at the Ailey School in New York, Valerie returned to Ohio to act as a dance judge for performing arts scholarships, to teach and to choreograph. Her works have been performed at the Kent State University where she won an Outstanding Choreography award, Youngstown State University and the University of Oregon as well as for community events. Valerie's deep interest in dance education, performance, choreography and arts administration led her to the MFA program at the University of Oregon. She was honored as the 2008-2009 Georgianne Teller Singer Dean's Fellowship recipient. Valerie is dedicated to preserving historical modern dance and creating original contemporary works.
Inspired by the creative processes of modern dance pioneer Lester Horton
Not long after I had graduated from the University of Oregon, Graduate student Valerie Ifill contacted me for a collaboration in dance and costuming. Valerie's goal was to have her very large cast of dancers build their own costumes (with some supervision;) on a EXTREMELY limited budget.