Roots in tradition, and a love of all kinds of partnering work
A native of Argentina, Valeria Solomonoff is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in New York City. An innovator with firm roots in traditional tango, Valeria has an extensive background in modern dance and theater, and an appetite for interdisciplinary projects that emphasize partnering – whether for stage, screen or educational purposes.
Founding the first all-woman tango company
Before settling in New York, Valeria was awarded Best Soloist (1990) and Best Modern Dance Choreography (1997) at dance festivals in Rosario, Argentina.
In the U.S., she founded, co-directed, choreographed, and danced for the first all-woman tango company in the world: TangoMujer, which toured the U.S. supported by two New England Foundation for the Arts grants, and performed internationally.
Tango + theatrical expertise leads to stage and film work
Valeria’s expertise on tango and theatrical intent has led her to be…
The choreographer for the film The Caller, featuring Frank Langella and Elliot Gould
The choreographer for several plays, such as Let’s Speak Tango, Locos de Contento, Doña Flor y Sus Dos Maridos, (for which she earned an HOLA Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2008 and has been running at Repertorio Español for the last ten years), and Tango Fever (which earned her a second HOLA Award for Outstanding Choreography, 2013)
The coach for a scene for Lorin Lataro's Broadway musical Scandalous
The choreographer for a tango-contortion number for Circo de la Luna
The dramaturge and rehearsal director for Reciprocity Collaborative in residence at Jacobs Pillow in 2018 and featured at Jacobs Pilllow festival 2019 and selected for The Dance Gallery Festival 2018.
The choreographer for "Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine" written by Two Times Pulitzer Price Winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz at Signature Theater, 42nd St.
With her company Valetango, Valeria created the shows Tango Intimo and Tango por Ellos, which highlighted tango’s potential for theatrical commentary on gender, societal expectations, and power struggles
Tango Intimo: nominated for two ACE Awards – Best Direction and Best Production (2009)
Tango por Ellos: received the ACE Award for Best Choreography (2010)
Prestigious performances around the world…
Valeria has danced for the President of Argentina, shared the stage with Placido Domingo and the Washington Opera, and performed with some of the world’s leading tango dancers at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, the U.S. State Department and DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, Town Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, NYU’s Skirball Center, Herbst Theater of San Francisco, Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf, Podewil Festival, and at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.
“One of New York City’s best tango instructors” –The New York Post
Valeria has taught at Smith College, Hunter College, and Mount Holyoke College. Since 2011 she is adjunct professor teaching tango at NYU Tisch, NSB, Musical Theater, Drama Department. She was named the Spring 2017 Resident Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts of NYU and in 2019 she enjoyed a residency at AiRe, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana that helped her developed her new project: "Trust me.Trust me not", developed in collaboration with Orlando Reyes and Rodney Hamilton, under the direction of Orlando Pabotoy.
Valeria has been featured in documentaries such as PBS’s Surrender Tango and Tango in Berlin, in films such as Dance the Gender and Venuz Boys and on TV programs internationally. She has danced for the promotion of Julio Iglesias and YoYo Ma’s tango CDs.
Most recently, Ms Solomonoff work with Ilya Vidrin's "Reciprocity Collaborative" was selected to open the very first week long "Partnering and Science Lab" at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. Among the collaborators are Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks, Sylvain Lafortune and Orlando Reyes. She also became co-choreographer of a new production of the musical Evita to be premiered this fall at City Center's Encores! series. Under the direction of Sammi Cannold, this production is a vindication of the female Argentinean leader.