Staff Profiles: Valerie Aris

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Staff Profile: Valerie Aris
Lecturer in Dance and Choreography

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Valerie Aris

Lecturer in Dance and Choreography

Performing Arts and Play

My passion is dance and choreography and I’ve worked professionally as a dancer, choreographer and director. I choreograph when I can, having close ties with the German dance scene. I teach dance, dance histories and choreography.

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As a dancer I worked in the German Theatre for many years where I experienced working briefly with legends such as Pina Bausch and William Forsythe. Later as artistic director of a dance company I choreographed many dance pieces. Back in the UK, besides teaching, I was selected for a Year of the Artist grant in 2000 to produce work in Gloucester Cathedral and created a short piece for TV in collaboration with Bristol University.


Award Title Institution Date
Diploma Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD) Royal Academy of Dance 1974
PGCert Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Studies (PGCAP) University of Gloucestershire 2014
Postgraduate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA) Higher Education Authority 2014


Royal Academy of Dance

Dance UK

British Association of Nutritional Therapists

Teaching and research


Valerie teaches on dance histories, ballet, contemporary, choreography and integrated choreography



External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Contemporary dance


Dance theatre

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