Vaughn Dance is a professional dance company owned and operated by Maria Vaughn. The conceptualization of her company began around the young age of fifteen. Maria has a burning desire to impact people in a positive way by presenting thought provoking dances and building a welcoming environment free of the habitual politics typical in many professional dance companies to foster a peaceful and creative spirit.
Vaughn Dance has three sectors. They are as follows: Vaughn Dance Classique', Vinga - Vaughngy which works with children on a professional level thus they get paid/ a stipend, and Vaughn Dance Burlesque.
About Maria Vaughn
Maria Vaughn is a professional choreographer, dancer, teacher, and is the founder and director of Vaughn Dance. She began choreographing pieces for performances and winning awards for her work at the age of fifteen. She has studied with notable dance figures all over the U.S. She is trained in: ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, West African, flamenco, belly- dancing, precision dance, improvisation, pilates, yoga, partnering, contemporary, character, and Indian. Having moved from New Orleans, La where she did work as an independent dance artist and with Audacity Dance Collective she has not forgotten where she was born and raised. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama she studied dance at Community Ballet Association, danced in many independent pieces and ballets in various roles, and on a multitude of stages with Huntsville Ballet Company. Later she returned to work professionally with Alabama Youth Ballet. After graduating high school in Huntsville, Alabama she went on to spend some years in Mississippi working on her degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi where she received a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a Business Management degree. During her time at USM she was a Dixie Darling and created “The Human Movement Experience Exhibit”, a site-specific work at the Hattiesburg Zoo. In addition to her studying she spent some time on the Gulf Coast where she taught dance with Robin Adams Performing Arts Center. She then returned to the Gulf Coast later and was co- director of choreography and dance with the Sultry Southern Sirens a Burlesque Troupe as well as where she worked with and developed her dance company before recently making an exciting move to the Dallas area of Texas!