In recent years, Valérie Chéry has become a point of reference in Brazilian dance in Montréal. Curiosity, exploration and learning have led to great experience and undisputed renown.
It all started at age 8, when she began training in classical and jazz ballet. Over the years, her passion for dance led her to explore various genres such as hip-hop, salsa and modern dance. But African-influenced dance styles, especially samba, are undeniably what led to her fame.
Since 2005, Valérie has not stopped refining her knowledge of Brazilian dance. She has studied with artists from the Bahia folkloric ballet, with pasistas (dancers who lead processions known as batucadas) from the Mangueira samba school, and with choreographers from the Brazilian group Olodum. This perseverance earned her the honour of parading with this group at the 2011 Bahia carnival.
During these years, Valérie has also shared the stage with various other Brazilian celebrities, including Margareth Menezes, Exalta Samba and Carlinhos Brown. She has been invited many times to take part in TV productions (Galas des Oliviers, Défis des champions) and in numerous Canadian and international events (notably the Festival Nuits d’Afrique in 2011 and 2012).
Having carved out a prominent place in Montréal’s Brazilian community, Valérie Chéry is now recognized by her peers as a reference in performance, choreography and teaching of Brazilian dance. Though keenly involved in Brazilian circles and an avid ambassador for Brazilian culture, Valérie continues to express her love of African dance, performing occasionally with the percussion group Bélébélé founded by Mélissa Lavergne (Belle et Bum).