#WomanofInterest – Vandana Hart
February 20th, 2020 by Elizabeth Radabaugh
Traveling and Dancing? What more can you ask for? Vandana Hart’s Netflix series We Speak Dance, is the perfect blend of these two passions. On this week’s #WomanOfInterest, read about Vandana’s journey as she teaches us what speaks to unity, joy, and the art of dance.
A Traveler’s Soul
Originally from Moscow, Vandana had been traveling with her family from a young age, due to the reality of Russia just coming out of the Cold War. They left Russia, moved to Sweden, then to India, and then to the U.S. to California and Oregon.
From all of her traveling, she has found many places that she calls “home.” But to her, “home” is a fluid concept, and the beauty of that can be seen in her pure, genuine traveler’s soul as she travels through numerous countries in her We Speak Dance series.
A Dancer’s Soul
Vandana’s training experience is exceptional. She trained at the world-renowned Alvin Ailey School of Dance. She also studied global affairs at NYU, along with holding a masters from London School of Economics. From her training and love of the world, she found dance being the most powerful way to unite people, transform lives, and act as a weapon for social change. Her biggest inspiration is Fela Kuti, the pioneer of Afrobeat music and human rights activist.
An Activist’s Soul
While traveling all over the world, she has led numerous amounts of workshops, choreographed music videos, and consults for the UN on women’s rights and youth empowerment. She was also a judge for So You Think You Can Dancein Africa.
Check out Vandana’s Netflix documentary series We Speak Dance. You watch journey using dance as a universal language to connect people from all over the world and all walks of life. The worldly, eccentric, and revolutionary experience you gain watching her series is quite astonishing.
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Juna Shai is a writer for StarQuest. She’s from Tokyo, and loves coffee, coffee, theatre, and coffee!