Valerie Chafograck is a Black/mixed heritage, California-based embodiment and conscious dance facilitator. She has been teaching since 1992 and is the founder of Dance Sanctuary™, a highly attended weekly community dance and healing event in the Bay Area. Blending Soul Motion™ practice, somatic and social justice perspectives, she offers classes and workshops in the USA and abroad to advance personal & collective transformation, healing, and liberation.

Valerie is the creator of We Are Our Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams: a workshop for self-identified people of color centering dignity and empowerment through movement, mindfulness, and ceremony.

Most recently she has created Movement Liberation: a project for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) curating embodied and somatic healing workshops and retreats for people of color. Movement Liberation has the power to bring about radical healing, and guide the way into a new global and racial paradigm, not just on the dance floor but in every aspect of its operations and partnerships, including fundraising. The scholarship fund will make all Dance Sanctuary™ workshops and retreats for BIPOC participants free of cost for the year 2020.