Valérie Herdes


Valérie Herdes is a dance artist and arts administrator based in Whitehorse, Yukon. She is currently the artistic director at The Heart of Riverdale, an arts-based community centre offering programming in dance, music and visual art to people of all ages. She is also a dancer and choreographer with the interdisciplinary collective Borealis Soul. Herdes holds a BFA in performance dance from X University, where she was honoured with the Lipson Family Endowment Award for her choreography throughout her four years at the school. Herdes is happy to have joined the team at The Dance Current as a regional reporter for the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. 

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What’s Worth Doing

Introducing Canada's Olympic breaking team. Q & A with b-girl Tiffany Leung

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Whitehorse’s Dakhká Khwáan Dancers Named Lead Dance Group for Celebration 2024

The festival, held in Juneau, Alaska, is one of the largest gatherings of Southeast Alaska Native peoples


The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Dance Studies

Only recently has hip hop entered the world of academia; once difficult to find, tangible resources and archived materials have slowly become more accessible

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Team Canada Heads to Dance World Cup Finals in Spain

From June 24 to July 2, 40 Canadian dancers are competing on the world stage


Seven Artists From Nunavut Participate in Drum Dancing Festival in Greenland

Katuaq’s Katuarpalaaq festival aims to celebrate and preserve Inuit culture through knowledge sharing


How Yukoner Nick Robinson Is Preparing Canada’s Breaking Team for the Sport’s First Olympic Appearance

As the team’s head strength and conditioning coach, Robinson is training the dancers for the first-ever Olympic breaking competition in 2024


Government of Canada Launches New Fund to Support Performing Arts Workers

The $60-million fund intends to help workers in a sector that has been hit hard by the pandemic


Ephemeral Artifacts Brings its Travis Knights Installation to Whitehorse

ĀNANDAṀ Dancetheatre’s work will light up the Old Fire Hall during Nakai Theatre’s Pivot Festival