Sonia Valle, Dance Program Director was born and raised in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in International Business, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in Dance from San Diego State University in 1987. Sonia graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in Dance from Arizona State University, where she received the Outstanding Choreographer Award by Friends of Dance and the ASU Department of Dance. Sonia has been a presenter at the American College Dance Festival, teaching Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form incorporating dance, music and song. As a choreographer Sonia has received great reviews for her work in the San Diego Union Tribune and has been invited as guest choreographer both nationally and internationally. This is Sonia's twelfth year as program director at Paradise Valley Community College.
The PVCC dance program offers an Associates in Fine Arts Dance Degree, two dance concerts per year and a wide range of dance classes offered to dance majors and the community at large. Sonia has received nine Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction grants in the past ten years to provide learning opportunities for PVCC dance students. She was awarded the Woman of Distinction Award by the Women's Leadership Group at Paradise Valley Community College and recognized for her efforts to promote an appreciation for diversity through dance concert programming.