We had the good fortune of connecting with Roxi Victorian and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Roxi, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am an only child from Washington, DC. I am the daughter of an educator and Public Relations and Civil Rights pioneer. Growing up in the political. Center of the country in Washington DC, and watching my parents work diligently to advocate for racial equity in multiple areas of. my community had a huge impact on the types of offerings I share with my community through my professional engagements.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a dance artist and storyteller. My work is grounded in Black feminist creative practices and seeks to illuminate issues of importance to my immediate communities through dance expressions. My current work explores a mixture of dance, autobiography, and social commentary with a focus on mothering for social change, and the implications of mothering while Black. I believe the successes I have experienced professionally come from my commitment to a lifetime of learning. I can not think of what I enjoy more than learning or exploring something new. Seeking new opportunities to learn, keeps me malleable and in a constant state of growth. Growth is not always pleasurable, but from past experiences, I’ve learned the benefits of perseverance and fortitude. The rewards, for me, have been far greater than the obstacles that have come before them.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite spots in my current city are: Elsie’s Plate and Pie- I could swim in their Crawfish Queso!
Absolutely delicious! I’m in Louisiana, so we have to eat first!!

And I’d have to visit our local Arts Council. Our Cary Saurage Community Arts Building is a wonderful place to explore local visual and performing arts offerings.

We’d finish the evening with a concert at The Varsity “Funkin with Friends” with the Mike Foster Project (a band that always brings a party, and where the members are ACTUALLY your friends)

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents!!! My parents and my undergraduate creative family of artists at Howard University. These are the two most impactful influences on who I am personally and professionally.

Website: roxivictoriandance.com

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