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College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

 Iffill, Valerie   Name:  Valerie Ifill 
Title:  Assistant Professor of Dance 
M.F.A., Dance, University of Oregon
B.B.A., Business Management, Kent State University
Certificate in Dance, Alvin Ailey School
Office:  115 Johnson Hall  
Phone:  803/323-4528 
African Dance

Ifill joins the dance faculty for the 2013-2014 academic year as an assistant professor after serving two years as an adjunct faculty member of dance.  Ifill comes to the Charlotte area from Philadelphia, PA., where she danced with Rain Ross Dance and worked with the Philadelphia Public School System as a teaching artist.  Her 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.  Ifill was awarded scholarships from the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance for her pedagogical, choreographic, and historical research on the Horton Technique.  A teaching fellowship at the University of Oregon also allowed Ifill to teach improvisation, modern, jazz, African, and hip hop dance. 

She is deeply involved with TransForm, a collective of artists that extends across cultural and geographic boundaries to open contemporary discourse on and through the art of dance.  Her current research involves uncovering common language within interdisciplinary collaborations. Ifill’s choreographic work has been seen at Youngstown State University in Ohio, The Hult Center in Oregon, Conduit in Oregon, and with the Barefoot Dance Collective in Washington. Ifill also is teaching African dance at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.