VLA DANCE is a Black-owned Contemporary Dance company that is at the forefront of ethical arts organizations. Led by Victoria Lynn Awkward and based out of Roxbury's Hibernian Hall and Boston Center for the Arts, we have created a platform through performance, education and community advocacy that celebrates and empowers underrepresented voices. We value dance that moves us towards freedom, justice and sustainable life for people of all identities.
I grew up in a suburb of Massachusetts, where I was one of the only black people in my community. I was constantly undervalued and seen through the lenses of tokenization, microaggressive conversations, and flat-out racism. It was not until I went to college when I understood the value of spaces that were welcoming and accepting that I began to celebrate my identity as a black woman and the beauty and power that holds. These empowering experiences that changed my life inspired me to start a company that celebrates what each individual brings to the table. VLA DANCE is the diverse contemporary company I wish I had the opportunity to look up to as a young artist traveling into Boston to dance.
- Victoria Lynn Awkward, Director of VLA DANCE