Dance activism is what lights the flame of Victoria Aukland’s passion. A queer non-binary femme movement artist, she combines her two worlds of dance and social work in innovative and exhilarating ways. As a fighter who is determined to bring all that she can to the plate, she began studying dance relatively late at 14. Graduated with a B.A. with a double major in dance and sociology, Victoria has choreographed within the UW’s Dance Department and other spheres of dance for many years. Her movement comes from self-liberation through the many forms she has studied: Contemporary, Street, Heels, and more. Via outreach and choreography, she hopes to uplift and honour all communities through various forms of art, and give all bodies bravery, space, and love.
What is one of your favorite moments from your time with the Department of Dance?
Arts Diversity Council, a connection and space like something I've never felt nor witnessed before. Forever grateful for them allowing me into some of the spaces that I could support. And the last day of Dancing Activism with Brian Evans when we all said affirmations to each other. Love everyone in that class so dearly.
What plans or goals do you have for post-graduation?
Currently graduated and working with kiddos at YMCA and loving it! Once performing arts open up, hoping to see where I can go with Dance! Mostly interested in choreography, but also performance, teaching, filmmaking, etc. and pursue Dance Activism especially. Also plan on doing work in the field of Social Work alongside it.