I believe dance is uniquely positioned to help people slow down, connect with self, with others and with the world around us. For this reason I aim to make work that asks people to check in and reflect on their actions socially, environmentally and intrinsically.
I primarily create work in non-traditional spaces; emphasizing the interpersonal experience that emerges when audience and performers are close in proximity and blurring the fourth wall.
I strive to empower those I work with by reinforcing ethically sound formalities, including bringing together racially diverse movers, respecting dancer's body size and appearance, holding space for fluidity of gender identities, and holding space for being an individual within a structure.
These values persist within my solo work and in my company, VLA DANCE.
Boston-based, Victoria Lynn Awkward focuses on dance, visual arts, and empowerment. She is the director of VLA DANCE, the resident dance company of Hibernian Hall in Roxbury that aims to empower artists and audience members alike through thought-provoking and rigorous dance. Victoria graduated with a degree in visual and performing arts education from Goucher College where she danced for the Goucher College Repertory Dance Ensemble. While in college she co-founded the Dancers of Color Coalition; a group intended to celebrate dancers of color on Goucher's campus. As a professional artist, she has performed with Ashani Dances, Attn: Dance, The Davis Sisters, Heather Stewart, and Ruckus Dance. She has also worked for Color Magazine and the YMCA. She is currently dancing with Jenna Pollack and is a 2019-2020 Institute of Contemporary Art Dance Fellow.