Director blossoms in artistic work

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Valerie Silks has been involved in the local arts community for 20 years

By Kirsten Laskey

Sometimes the simplest action can act as a seed; it takes root and blossoms into a whole new passion.
That occurred to Valerie Silks, executive director of Dance Arts Los Alamos, when she took her children to dance classes at DALA.
“At first, I was a ballet mom … just because my kids started taking classes there. I was impressed with the faculty and the quality of dance instruction,” she said.
That first impression became the seed which grew into her desire to do more with the organization. Silks initially served as a board member, then as board president. She moved on to teaching and finally to serve as DALA’s director.
Silks has served as DALA’s director for a year-and-a-half. She still teaches and currently instructs 10 classes a week, which includes creative movement for young children, tap and ballet.
Silks’ contributions to DALA have earned her praise from colleagues.
Christin Severini, who oversees DALA’s ballet curriculum and program, said, “As a fellow dance instructor and director at DALA, I have the utmost respect and admiration for the work that Valerie does.

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