Valerie Ifill is an active artist, educator and researcher interested in the intersection of movement and community. Val is the Program Director of Dance at Drexel University in Philadelphia and teaches courses including modern dance, improvisation, choreography and dance forms stemming from the African diaspora.
She is invested in her local West Philadelphia community, offering dance classes through the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships and Directing several community exchange projects with youth in the Philadelphia public schools through Drexel's Youth Performance Exchange.
Collaborative interests have led to multiple projects including founding IfillDance Co./LAB and co-founding TRANSForm Dance Collective, a cross-country collective focused on contemporary discourses on and through the art of dance.
A deep interest in community-building and interdisciplinary collaborations have led to numerous creative projects with composers, film-makers and visual artists. Valerie’s dance studies include undergraduate work at Kent State University, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Independent Studies Program, and graduate work at the University of Oregon.