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.