Dance Is Life!!
Vania Clemons Bynum is a former computer engineer who utilizes the ingenuity of making software to create dance. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Vania has taught and choreographed throughout the Greater Seattle area. She has performed in the Paramount & Moore Theaters, Intiman Theatre, Benaroya Hall, the Meydenbauer and more. Utilizing dance as her form of worship, Vania directed the Adult Liturgical Dance Ministry at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship for 11 years. She also performed in The Black Nativity, Hip-Hop Back to Its Roots!, Dance This!, 7 Women 7 Stools, and American Jazz Nutcracker.
Vania’s works have been supported by the City of Seattle, 4Culture, Central District Forum, Bossak Heilbron, Microsoft, and the Allied Arts Foundation. She produced a Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefit in 2005, “Excerpts from the Soul of a Woman” in 2006/2008, and CATS in 2009 with Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre. Vania also choreographed works for Northwest Tap Connection, Bellevue Lyric Opera/Bellevue Youth Theater, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Jerboa Dance, and Hal Jackson Talented Teens.
In 2018, Vania created a new work in progress, “Dancing Our Truth” for CD Forum’s Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers. She performed in A Special Evening with Stephanie Mills and Friends 2019 concert and is presenting the first segment of her "We Inspire Humanity Series" entitled Humanity: An Evolving Perspective on November 8, 2020. “Excerpts from the Soul of a Woman - QUEENS IN THE MILITARY” will be moved to 2021.