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A dynamic new play with the elements of choreopoems filled with humor, dance, and the music of our 90's childhood, Tales of a Blerd Ballerina centers around the Blerd superhero, delving into cultural pride and yearning in a world that often limits Black identity. This new theatrical work weaves concepts from the Afro-Diaspora and style of Jazz Aesthetics into stories of awkwardly failing forward while dismantling generational curses. This show is not to be missed

The Reviews Are In!

"Tales of a Blerd Ballerina was a hilarious and honest journey of self-awareness, accepting ourselves, and ability/space to laugh at flaws. Watch Valoneecia Tolbert in all her work!!"

The Audience speaks..

"Went to see Valoneecia Tolbert's "Tales of a Blerd Ballerina" last night and wow... wow... WOW! It was funny, fun, relatable, and deep. She nailed it both in the writing and performance. This woman is brilliant! Val, thanks for the beautiful and heartfelt expression of your black nerd childhood. It made me better appreciate mine."

"Thank you for your beautiful show. Your words tapped into something in me and I think I cried all the way through it. So much of this story describes my own experience and feeling of other. I too took refuge in the x-men. Thank you again. "

The Audience speaks..

"If you want an idea of what it was like to grow up middle-class, Black, and female in Austin, check out Tales of a Blerd Ballerina. Sistergirl tells the tale... Congratulations Valoneecia Tolbert! "

"I went to church twice yesterday! A traditional Episcopal service in the morning, and a roof-raising Valoneecia Tolbert service at The Vortex in the evening. Both were good for my heart and my soul. Val's choreo-poem, “Tales of a Blerd Ballerina,” is personal, spiritual, funny, sad, and ultimately uplifting, and gives you permission to feel all the feels."

"Great show tonight! My granddaughter was too young to recognize all of the musical references, but her favorite part was your use of movement to tell the story - both through dance and to punctuate your words. It sparked a conversation about the different forms of dancing that we both love, that kept us in the car for an hour after I got her home, watching a variety of dance videos on her cell phone!"

"Went to see Valoneecia Tolbert's "Tales of a Blerd Ballerina" last night and wow... wow... WOW! It was funny, fun, relatable, and deep. She nailed it both in the writing and performance. This woman is brilliant! Val, thanks for the beautiful and heartfelt expression of your black nerd childhood. It made me better appreciate mine. "

The Audience speaks..

"Thank you for the Tour de force of acting, and for letting us know that we can all beat our own drums!"

"GO. SEE. THIS. SHOW. My beautiful, amazingly talented friend Valoneecia Tolbert has put her heart and soul into the most moving live theater I’ve seen in ages. I laughed. I cried. I may have peed a little bit. Totally worth it."

The Audience speaks..

"Thank you for the Tour de force of acting, and for letting us know that we can all beat our own drums! Tales of a Blerd Ballerina was a hilarious and honest journey of self-awareness, accepting ourselves, and ability/space to laugh at flaws. Watch Valoneecia Tolbert in all her work!!"

"Get thee to The VORTEX and catch Tales of a Blerd Ballerina before it’s closed. And if you’re a woman of a certain age who lived in the time before children had iPhones and you were constantly torn between your TLC & NIN cassettes in the ride, this one hits #closetohome Valoneecia Tolbert can take up however much space she wants anytime she wants imo."

"Thank you for the Tour de force of acting, and for letting us know that we can all beat our own drums!"

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