Victoria Lynn Awkward
Victoria Lynn Awkward is a Boston-based dance artist who believes dance is uniquely positioned to help people slow down, acknowledge self, connect with others and engage the world around us. She primarily creates work in non-traditional spaces; emphasizing the interpersonal experience that emerges when the audience and performers are close in proximity and blurring the fourth wall. These artistic values ring true for her dance company, VLA DANCE which is currently in residence at Hibernian Hall.
Prior to returning back to her home state of Massachusetts, Victoria graduated with a degree in Visual and Performing Arts Education from Goucher College. 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, Ruckus Dance, and Jenna Pollack. She has worked in marketing for Color Magazine and as an educator through the YMCA and VLA DANCE's educational residencies. She is 2019-2020 Boston Institute of Contemporary Art Dance Fellow.
She is currently a Midday Movement Series teacher, a guest teacher at Salem State University Dance Program, performing with Jenna Pollack and was awarded the 2020 - 2021 Boston DanceMaker Residency with the Boston Center for the Arts and Boston Dance Alliance.
Tabitha Hanay-Reaves is an artist who strives to inspire through collective dance practices. After studies at Dean College, Tabitha moved to Boston where they have been training, performing and choreographing. They enjoy choreographing and have presented work at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. 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 their creative practices through VLA DANCE.