As a well-rounded professional dancer, national award-winning choreographer, educator, mentor, and founder of IMC International, Victoria has worked with many elite dance studios in Southern California, has worked with prestigious high school and adult musical theatre programs, and served as a director of performing arts education in K-12 settings. Victoria has been featured as a national competition judge on the internationally popularized Lifetime Television Network show, Dance Moms (IMDb). After having lived and worked in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, she currently trains competitive as well as pre-professional dancers for professional careers in the industry as a highly desired resident and guest instructor, coach, and, choreographer in Southern California.
Victoria’s dance training began at the age of three and she began competitive dance training just a few years later. Throughout her youth and teen years, she competed at regional and national levels and began working in the industry at thirteen years old. During her time at Rancho Bernardo High School, Victoria lettered in Dance as a member of the Tour De Force Varsity Dance team all four years, and a member of the Competition Dance Team, winning regional, national, and international awards as a team member as well as a soloist.
In her later years of high school, Victoria trained with Unity Dance Ensemble (now Unity LA) under the direction of Emmy Award-winning choreographer, Tessandra Chavez. While completing her degrees at UC San Diego, she added to her dance training as a member of the national award-winning DanceSport Competitive Latin Ballroom Dance Team under the direction of Peter Edwards. When completing her degree in dance at UCSD, she trained in styles ranging from foundational classical ballet, to West African, to a plethora of traditional East Asian styles, and has now trained in over 30 global dance styles. After graduating from UCSD, Victoria trained as a scholarship student at the Academy of Performing Arts, San Diego under the direction of Kevin Charles Patterson.
"Dancers are the athletes of God." -Albert Einstein
Victoria's mission through her vocation is to serve God in all that she does. She teaches with kindness, compassion, and intense attention to detail, and coaches with passionate intention to guide performers towards seeing how lessons learned in the studio go beyond the stage to prepare them for life. Victoria judges with encouragement towards refinement in one's practices and speaks through her choreography with pieces that evoke a physical and emotional response in the performers and the viewers all the while exposing raw human emotions with elegance and grace. Though the entertainment industry and performing arts can be very harsh, abundant with rejection, injuries, body image struggles, and mental health issues, Victoria combats this by igniting her performer's identity in their unique calling and image, keeping hope for the correct opportunities which are meant for them, train with a physical therapy-based approach, to respect their bodies as gifts and instruments to care for and steward with responsibility, and to practice regular self-care habits to enjoy dance and life with longevity. Through all of the work she does, intimate and broad, she serves to bring God's redemptive, transformational, healing, powerful glory into the atmosphere through dance.
As the founder of IMC International, Victoria facilitates creative direction over a range of digital and physical products and services dedicated to bringing mental health and personal development to the entertainment and athletics industries.
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