Liturgical with Ms. Vania Bynum


Vania is a former computer engineer who utilizes the ingenuity of making software to create dance. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Bynum has danced, taught, and choreographed throughout the Greater Seattle area, performing in venues from the renowned stages of the Paramount & Moore Theaters, Intiman Theatre, Benaroya Hall, the Meydenbauer Center, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, to the reverent and intimate space of local churches. She also performed in popular shows such as The Black Nativity, Hip-Hop Back to Its Roots!, Dance This!, and the Ballet Bellevue American Jazz Nutcracker. Other work includes choreography for the production of CATS (2009), produced by Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre, and several productions with the Northwest Tap Connection.  

Bynum was a featured dancer in Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center's inaugural African American Master Choreographer series, featuring choreography by Kabby Mitchell, who described her performance as "a remarkable dance presence for the audience that was inspirational and a pleasure to behold." With grants from 4Culture - King County, WA, the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Bossak Heilbron Foundation of New York, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, the Central District Forum CREATION PROJECT Grant, and individual contributors, Bynum produced her second full length show, Excerpts from the Soul of A Woman (A powerful story of the human experience expressed from the heart of a woman through the artistry of music, dance, and poetry), which premiered at the Broadway Performance Hall on July 11 & 12, 2008. Bynum has also performed in the televised Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations for King County as well as the City of Tacoma. In addition to her independent work, Bynum choreographed for the Hal Jackson Talented Teens of Washington, the Eastside Lyric Opera, Jerboa Dance, Mount Zion Baptist Church, and the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship of Renton, WA, serving as Director of the Adult Liturgical Dance Ministry for 10 years. Bynum has also worked with distinguished artists including Donald Byrd, Sonia Dawkins, Wade Madsen, Michele Miller & Deborah Wolf. She is honored to contribute to the Legacy of Kabby Mitchell III. 

Vania C. Bynum, T.U.P.A.C.'s Co-Multicultural Dance Director, & Liturgical Instructor is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, whose calling is to enhance the life of others through her artistic gifts. Her work is described as commanding, emotionally evocative, and a lovely balance of balance and grace. Vania hopes to inspire future dancers of all ages and increase the accessibility of dance through her passion for and dedication to the vitality of art in our community. She believes that dance is life! 

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