Becky Valls, Associate Professor of Dance, teaches dance history, dance education, and modern technique at UH where she received the Ross Lence Teaching Award. From 2007-2013 she choreographed a series of evening-length works titled Memoirs of the Sistahood, with sculptor Babette Beaullieu of New Orleans and film maker Deborah Schildt of Anchorage. Her choreography has been presented by Diverse Works, Barn Storm Dance Fest, Big Range Dance Festival, Chrysalis Dance, JCC Dance Month, Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance (4x), Stephen F. Austin University, Rice University, and San Jacinto College. She has also created choreography for Core Performance Company in Atlanta, and Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Her solo Red Square has been performed inTempe, Chicago, New York, and Houston. In 2015, Valls collaborated with UH engineer/neuroscientist, Dr. Pepe Contreras-Vidal in research titled Your Brain on Dance. Red Square was performed in a brain cap as part of the Blaffer Innovation Series at UH and at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. The solo has been performed by Teresa Chapman, Anastasiya Kopteva, and Valls. Since 2010, Valls has conducted research at the K-5th UH Charter School focusing on how children deepen their reasoning of science through dance. She also tours two programs though Young Audiences that teach science through dance that are performed by Toni Valle and Kate Rash. Valls received her MFA degree in Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College, NY.