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Vanya Allen is a performance artist, educator, and a linguist born and raised in West Palm Beach. A professional dancer (ballet, jazz, W. African, Modern) and Singer (Jazz, Soul, Rock, R&B, Motown, Pop, Gospel) Vanya is classically trained and possesses amazing stage presence.
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Vanya Allen

Performance Artist

Vanya Allen is a performance artist, educator, and a linguist born and raised in West Palm Beach. A professional dancer (ballet, jazz, W. African, Modern) and Singer (Jazz, Soul, Rock, R&B, Motown, Pop, Gospel) Vanya is classically trained and possesses amazing stage presence. Her connection with audiences of a broad range is one of her highlights as a performer. Vanya is a graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and has further studied dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Ballroom Theater and Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

For over 15 years she has used art as a means of self-expression, and articulating her cultural identity. She is known for performing original music, as well as covers in a wide range of genres, as a solo act, and also with her  band, Impact.

 

In addition to her work as a performance artist and choreographer, Vanya uses her voice, and her auditory skills of the African-American English (AAE), African-American Venacular English (AAVE) for community and identity building, organizing, and activism. 

 

Vanya is currently Artistic Director of The Overtown Youth Center. 

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