DANCE & VISUAL ARTS TEACHER
Ms. Valencia is a passionate, creative, and energetic public educator who is currently working in the Surrey School District (SD36) at North Surrey Secondary School.
In 2014, Ms. Valencia earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an Honours Major in Dance and an Extended Minor in Visual Art (with distinction) at Simon Fraser University. A year later, she also graduated with a Bachelors of Education as a second degree.
While SFU's programs are focused primarily on contemporary art, Ms. Valencia has also had 4-years of urban dance training as a member of the SOULdiers Hip-Hop Dance Company. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work with several well-established dance teams in Vancouver such as PraiseTEAM, TwoFourSeven and Higher Ground Dance Company. She also studied visual art at Langara College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
As a visual artist, Ms. Valencia's work has been exhibited at a few local art exhibitions such as the Counter-Mapping Exhibition at Push Festival (2011) and the Alice Neel Copy Show at Terra Housing (2014). She has created original work in a variety of forms such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, installations, performance art, and more.
As a dance teacher, Ms. Valencia has had many years of teaching experience within the local dance community. She has worked as a choreographer for several dance studios such as Darcelle's Dancers in Burnaby, Dance Trance in Langley, Pure Dance Studios in Surrey, Street Kings Dance Academy and Praise Theatre Ensemble and Arts Ministry (T.E.A.M.) Studios in Surrey. From 2010-2014, she has also had the pleasure of coaching the Princess Margaret Secondary Dance Team who have competed at local dance competitions and have received several awards. Ms. Valencia has had training in a variety of dance genres such as hip-hop, locking, breaking, house, popping, tap, ballet, modern, waacking, and contemporary dance.
In the Summer of 2019, Ms. Valencia also completed her Masters of Art Education Degree at Simon Fraser University. For her capstone project, she created a dance video series in collaboration with her students that outlines some of the key concepts that has shaped her teaching pedagogy.
Ms. Valencia is eager to share her passion for the arts with her students. Her dream is to make art and dance accessible, meaningful and relevant to the lives of youth today. Ms. Valencia intends to provide ample opportunities for her students to develop into thoughtful valiant artists.
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Through the creation of the video series "Humans, Artists and Dancers," my students and I engaged in deep learning and co-creation. Together we explored the embodiment of some of the key ideas, theories and concepts that have resonated deeply with me in this Masters of Arts Education program and have now inspired my pedagogy in the arts, in education and in life. This video series is just the beginning of what I hope to be a life-long inquiry on what it means to be a good-hearted HUMAN in process, a purposeful and playful ARTIST, and a valiant and embodied DANCER.
Click on the link below to read more about the creative process of this video series.