VLA DANCE is enlivened by those who interact with the company. Therefore, VLA DANCE is constantly shifting and evolving. I started VLA DANCE because I believe dance allows for the freedom to step into my full self. Dance, this powerful experience of a full-bodied immersion into your current reality, is difficult to define in words, that is why we dance. Thus, the following information is an attempt to define the goals and vision of VLA DANCE in a form it was never meant to be defined in. - Victoria Lynn Awkward, Director of VLA DANCE

Founded in 2019, VLA DANCE is a performance-based Contemporary Dance company based out of Roxbury’s Hibernian Hall and in residence at Boston Center for the Arts. We aim to create pathways to Freedom for people of all identities through contemporary dance.


Our visions:

  • A contemporary dance company that trains rigorously and produces thought-provoking performances, where artists involved are paid salaries for their work

  • An educational base for advanced and professional dancers to continue their contemporary dance training

  • A touchstone for the Boston & Greater Boston community, where people of all dance relationships can revel in the joy of dance through classes, performances, journals, and other immersive experiences

We believe that all of this can exist while upholding our values: bringing together racially diverse artists, respecting body images, holding space for a fluidity of gender identities, providing transparency in communication, upholding ethical company practices, and valuing each company member as an integral part to the whole.

Support our mission and donate to the company here or sponsor a class taker here.



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