International performer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of VIDA Vannia Ibarguen Dance Arts, a contemporary dance troupe based in LA. Her focus is in the interaction between performance and technology, and also the relationship between classical, contemporary and folk dance styles. She has received awards in United States, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, and the NDEO Excellence in Education Award (National Dance Education Organization).
Vannia is a recognized International Performing Arts consultant, collaborating since 2011 with Global Water Dances, an international initiative that raises consciousness on the critical need for safe drinking water, and now she is serving as Artistic Director. She also organizes “Encuentros de Pura Danza”, an annual contemporary dance festival held in Peru since 2012, in collaboration with the Peruvian-American Cultural Institute (ICPNA)
Vannia has +20 years of experience teaching contemporary dance, modern, ballet, jazz, dance/technology, improvisation, dance composition. Her interest as educator is to promote body awareness in order to enrich the student movement potential, intellectual/emotional development and well-being. Vannia earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland.
“Vannia Ibarguen is a very talented performer and choreographer who has a knack for drawing the audience in with humor, only to infuse serious realities to make them think.” ~ Jeff Slayton