Toni Valle about as long as I've been in Houston. I met her at my first Houston Fieldwork session, where she was serving as facilitator. She was pregnant at the time, and while that didn't keep her from dancing, the first work I saw of hers was as choreographer, putting a piece on two other dancers. I immediately loved her work and have been following her career ever since.
She has the honor of being my first "me kissing you" entry by virtue of being there. She's working on a new piece and had asked me to brainstorm with her. I called it a play date, because it's always a playful, fun time with Toni, even when we're talking about serious business.