VICTORIA LYNN AWKWARD, Director
Victoria Lynn Awkward started her training in Massachusetts at Impulse Dance under the direction of LuAnn Pagella, with training from Boston-based artist Karen Krolak. She graduated from Goucher College with a degree in Visual and Performing Arts Education. She danced for the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble and performed in works by artists including Sidra Bell, Christian Von Howard, Ronen Koresh, Helen Simoneau, Iyun Ashani Harrison, and Iquail Shaheed. As a professional artist, she has performed with Ashani Dances, Attn: Dance, The Davis Sisters, Heather Stewart, and Ruckus Dance. She has worked in marketing for Color Magazine and as an educator through the YMCA and VLA DANCE's educational residencies. She is currently a Midday Movement Series teacher, dancing with Jenna Pollack and a 2019-2020 Institute of Contemporary Art Dance Fellow.
MITZI EPPLEY, Dancer & Costumes
A Boston Conservatory grad, Mitzi journeyed here from Columbus, Ohio’s BalletMet Academy where she studied ballet up to a pre-professional level and had the privilege to train in a variety of dance forms. Her travels in Europe lead her to explore formless and non-structured studies on her own, along with physically intensive and contact-based trajectories. Currently, Mitzi is involved with multiple companies as a freelance dancer and costume designer; she also dabbles in sewing jobs and on Wardrobe Tech crews. She tries to be active in her communities, and wants to share the unique language of movement with as many people as she can! Not only does she share this through performance, Mitzi teaches ballet and contemporary ballet in an anatomically healthy and energetic environment to the next generation of humans.
TABITHA HANAY-REAVES, Dancer
Tabitha Hanay-Reaves is an artist who strives to inspire through collective dance practices. After studies at Dean College, Tabitha moved to Boston where she has been training, performing and choreographing. She has presented work at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival in 2017. As a founding member of VLA DANCE Tabitha has performed in shows at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Fountain Street Gallery, The Dance Complex, The Canal District, and Urbanity Dance. Tabitha continues to expand her creative practices through VLA DANCE.
KEY'AIRA LOCKETT, Dancer
A Native of Dallas, Texas, Key’Aira Lockett studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African at the Dallas Black Dance Academy. At 16 Key’Aira joined Dallas Black Dance Theatre II and toured in Uganda, Los Angeles, and Miami. Under the direction of Lily Weiss, Key'Aira continued her dance training at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She received her BFA in Dance with an emphasis on creative performance from the Boston Conservatory and soon after received her MFA in performance and choreography from Hollins University, where she also studied at Frankfurt Ballet. Her latest work “Insight Reflections” premiered at Boston Conservatory in their annual Winter Works production. Key’Aira now resides in Boston, Ma, where she is a Dance Fellow at The Institution of Contemporary Art, and is currently dancing in her first season with both Urbanity Dance Company, and VLA DANCE.
Company Manager & Dancer Michayla Kelly
Additional Collaborators Jess Chang, Brooke Hugot, Asia Pyron, Yasiri Sanders, and Jacqueleen Schweighardt
Past Members Jojo Boykins,Dorothy Adasia Cherry, Kate Dube, Maggie Foster, and Jessy Zizzo
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