Stage presence is innate: Either you have it or you don't. Valeria Solomonoff has it.
-Pamela Squires, The Washington Post, November 1, 2003.
TangoMujer was unusually successful at making something new of an old dance.
-New York Times, reviewed by Jennifer Dunning, April 14, 1997.
Argentine native Valeria Solomonoff is a Tango dancer and choreographer based in New York. She is an innovator firmly rooted in traditional Tango. She has been extensively praised by publications as diverse as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Die Tageszeitung.
Valeria has shared the stage with Placido Domingo, performed for the president of Argentina at the Metropolitan Opera House and created, in collaboration with five other tango dancers, the world's first all women tango group: TangoMujer (1996-2006) with whom she toured extensively with the auspices of two NEFA Grants. Their shows re-imagined tango for the stage and inspired a generation of social tango dancers. Since then, Ms. Solomonoff has continued to find ways of stripping tango from stereotypes, exposing its choreographic complexity. At times, Ms. Solomonoff work highlights tango's potential for theatrical commentary on gender, societal expectations and power struggles. Some venues in which she performed and choreographed include Washington State Department, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Lee, Mass., Town Hall, Skirball Center, Herbst Theater of San Francisco, the Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.
Her awards include:
HOLA Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2013 for
Two ACE Awards for Best Choreography and Best Dancer 2010 for show
"Tango Por Ellos"
Two ACE Nominations for Best Direction and Best Production 2009 for show
HOLA Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2008 for
"Doņa Flor y sus Dos Maridos"
Best Choreography Award at Festival de Danza de Rosario, Argentina 1997 for
Best Soloist Award at Bienal de la Creatividad Rosario Imagina, Argentina 1990 for
Since 2011 Valeria is Adjunct Faculty at New York University Tisch Drama Department. Other places where she taught include: Hunter College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Mark Morris Dance Center and Dance Manhattan. Ms. Solomonoff currently teaches open classes at You Should Be Dancing. She has been described by the New York Post as one of New York best tango teachers.