Dance Is Life!!
Vania Clemons Bynum, founder of VC Bynum Arts & Education, 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 smART Ventures, 4Culture, Central District Forum, Bossak Heilbron, Microsoft, the Allied Arts Foundation, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, and Jeff Crosby. With a desire to utilize her art to serve communities is need, she produced a Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefit in 2005, “Excerpts from the Soul of a Woman” in 2006/2008, and choreographed 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.
Vania has created under the CD Forum’s artists programs – The Creation Project in 2008, and more recently in 2018 for Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers. She performed in A Special Evening with Stephanie Mills and Friends 2019 concert with Renee Hollingsworth-Busch’s Throwbacks. And in 2020, Vania reignited her philanthropic spirit and presented the first segment of her "We Inspire Humanity Series" entitled Humanity: An Evolving Perspective raising $5000 for food charities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Viewpoints with Flavor is an extension of Vania’s desire to inspire others by sharing life experiences. What the world needs now is positivity, love, and more flavor.