About Valerie

Valerie Baadh Garrett photo for Dancing Over 50
Valerie Baadh Garrett
Valerie Baadh Garrett dances Dorian Horizons

Valerie Baadh Garrett is a dynamic educator, consultant to schools and businesses, a movement therapist and personal movement coach. In addition, she is also an international speaker and workshop presenter. Valerie is the founder of the Movement Academy Project, whose programs include Teacher Mentoring and resources, webinars, and a Vimeo channel of movement videos for educators and caregivers. She is presently working in Transformative Movement Education® (TME) at the innovate Meristem school in Fair Oaks, CA.

Born into a family of jazz musicians, Valerie has danced her whole life. She trained in Los Angeles with Bella Lewitzky and at the School of American Ballet.  Due to that early training, she was admitted to the first dance program at the new CalArts where she received her BFA. Moving to San Francisco, Valerie worked as a dancer, choreographer, director, and producer and was a small business owner. With Jaimen McMillan’s Spacial Dynamics Institute, she served as choreographer and as a movement trainer during five Hands In Peace international children’s festivals. The Hands in Peace festivals took place from 2001 through 2009 in Olympia and Delphi, Greece, Quito, Ecuador, Beijing, China, and in the US.

For many years, Valerie Baadh Garrett was a performing member of The Academy of Danse Libre, the nation’s foremost vintage ballroom dance ensemble.  Consequently, her appearances included the 2015 Peninsula Symphony season and 2015 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Valerie is featured in the book, Beauty is Experience: Dancing Over 50 (2017.)

Valerie is a movement educator.

She focuses on understanding the movement development of the human being at all stages of life. After 15 years on the faculty of San Francisco Waldorf School, she now specializes in teacher training. She has taught at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, Ca, and Spacial Dynamics Institute in NY. and China and been a guest instructor for California Coastal Lifeways, RSF Social Finance, and at many Waldorf schools and teacher training programs in the US, England and Asia. In 2013, Valerie was a guest instructor of movement education at Hsinchu University in Taiwan and at Chengdu University of Technology in China, and in 2016 at Glasshouse College in the UK. A Level III Spacial Dynamics® trainer, Valerie also holds a certificate in Bothmer Gymnastics® from Spacial Dynamics Institute. She is the co-author of Games Children Sing and Play: singing movement games to play with children 3-5.

Valerie Baadh Garrett is a movement therapist

Valerie is an (RSMT/Spacial Dynamics) currently working at Meristem, with Agile Aging, and in private practice. As a result of an invitation to lead movement in a Stanford University’s dSchool course on mobility for seniors, she founded Agile Aging. Agile Aging is a unique movement program designed to maintain mobility and prevent falls for the elderly. Consequently, Valerie develops new activities, trains instructors and gives community workshops for health practitioners. In addition, she has presented five programs for the California Assisted Living Association. Read more on our Agile Aging website.

Beginning in 2016, Valerie began consulting and tutoring Transformational Movement Education with Meristem, in Fair Oaks, California.

Valerie is a producer, video director and author.

With husband and creative partner, Michael Garrett, Valerie produces and presents live online programs and digital media to support teachers and others working in movement education. Together, they published several children’s books, including, with Joan Carr Shimer, Games Children Sing and Play (Hawthorn Press, 2013). This beautiful book contains a collection of movement games for adults to play with young children. As a result of Valerie’s work at the San Francisco Waldorf School came  Dance As Movement History (AWSNA, 2001).  In 2013, the couple produced and directed Our Best Rod and Stave Activities with Edmund Knighton and the noteworthy film documentary, The Art of Puppetry and Performance.

Valerie Baadh Garrett demonstrates shoulder streaming at a workshop in China
Valerie Baadh Garrett during a video shoot
Valerie Baadh Garrett and Dr. Edmund Knighton

Valerie and Dr. Edmund Knight at the 2014 Movement Education Week

Valerie Baadh Garrett and Kim Le Bas in China

Valerie and Kim LeBas RSMT
in Taiwan 2013

Colleagues who join us for our programs:

Edmund Knighton, PhDEducation and Leadership programs

Allegra Alessandri-Pfeifer, PhD, Education and Leadership programs

Heather Lanier, RSMT, Spacial Dynamics – Women’s Wellness Retreats

Kim Le Bas, RSMT, founder of Spacial Dynamics Pacific, Director of Spacial Dynamics® China

Terry Walters, Spacial Dynamics® practitioner and chef extraordinaire, Spacial Dynamics – Women’s Wellness Retreats

Joan Carr Shimer, MA, Movement and Learning, early childhood programs and dance

Olivia Huff, RSMT, Agile Aging instructor, Sacramento region

Molly Hughes, Agile Aging instructor, SF Bay Peninsula region

Dr. Michael Abney, DC, Agile Aging instructor, SF Bay Peninsula region


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