DANCE NEWS: Dance Artist Valerie Green To Serve on 2023 Session of Queens Borough President Donovan Richards’ General Assembly

DANCE NEWS: Dance Artist Valerie Green To Serve on 2023 Session of Queens Borough President Donovan Richards’ General Assembly

Published on April 5, 2023
VG/DE company members, Green Space; photo by Alex Lopez

Valerie Green/Dance Entropy is thrilled to announced that Artistic Director Valerie Green has been invited to serve on the 2023 Session of the Queens Borough President Donovan Richards General Assembly! Dance Entropy and Green Space are heavily invested in the cultural wellbeing of the Queens community, and Valerie is honored to be representing her community and work closely with the Queens Borough President's office.

Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.’s Queens General Assembly (QGA) is an intercultural dialogue project promoting greater respect and appreciation of diversity at the borough level. Appointed Delegates, Alumni, and Advisors engage in dialogue to find commonalities and also to address challenging topics. They participate in community action projects with the aim of breaking down silos between groups. By networking with each other, they develop working relationships, build lasting friendships, and stand in solidarity against bias, discrimination, and hate crimes. The Queens GA is the only initiative of its kind operating out of a Borough President’s office. Its mission is a priority for the most diverse county in the United States.

Borough President Richards launched the 2023 session of the QGA with an installation ceremony on Zoom. He welcomed 24 new Delegates and 15 new Alumni, and he welcomed back longtime Alumni and Advisors. This year has special significance for the QGA, since the initiative is marking its 20th anniversary.

Founded in 1998, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy believes in humanizing movement, both in Ms. Green’s critically acclaimed choreographic work and the company’s mission to plant creative seeds in communities across the world. Intersecting mortal and transcendent, sensual and sophisticated, visceral and self-aware, VG/DE invites the artist, the audience—the human—into a compelling, physical experience. Based out of its home studio, Green Space in Queens, NY, VG/DE combines performance and specialized outreach programs to inspire communities in cultural institutions throughout the world. VG/DE strives to break down systemic race, gender and other identity barriers to fulfill our ultimate goal of collectiveness and inclusivity through dance. As a professional nonprofit dance company, the communities we engage with have included at risk youth, adolescents, trauma survivors, differently-abled persons, older adults, and aspiring/professional dancers

                                                                                                      The VG/DE Mission
                                                       Create a platform for multicultural understanding through dance
                                                              Nurture connections between dance creation and education
                                                                            Build community among dance artists
                                        Foster physicality, creativity and empowerment in underserved communities

In order to provide VG/DE a permanent company home and root her outreach programs in the community, Green founded a studio in Long Island City in 2005. Green Space is an unparalleled dance hub in Queens, providing performance opportunities for choreographers, classes for beginners and professionals and space rental for doers of all backgrounds. At Green Space, artists and community members alike hone their craft and experiment in a warm, welcoming environment that’s wholly devoted to dance.

White woman with long blond wavy hair, smiling broadly, wearing a silver pendant on a black string around her neck, and a fitted mostly black shoulderless top and black skirt.
VG/DE Artistic Director Valerie Green; photo courtesy of the company

"Thank you for being a light in this community."
— Deputy Borough President Ebony Young

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