Vannia Ibarguen, a ballet dancer from the age of ten, went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering and graduated Magna Cum Laude. As a dancer, she has performed in Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Hong Kong, Colombia, and the US. She was a Soloist at the Ballet Municipal of Lima (Peru), and finalist at the XIII International Ballet Competition. In 2005, Vannia received the Best Dancer and Choreography Award in Argentina. In Washington DC, she has performed with Nejla Yatkin’s NY2Dance, and Teatro de Danza Contemporanea. Vannia has also been an e-Business Consultant, Communication Manager at the National Dance Council-Peru, and a journalist for DanzaHoy e-Magazine.
She obtained her MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland in 2009, and she has been teaching ballet, Contemporary Dance, Modern Dance, Dance and Technology, Site Specific Dance, Composition, Improvisation. Among the artists she worked with at the University of Maryland are John Jasperse, Tere O'Connor, Donna Uchizono and Victoria Marks. Vannia was awarded the Anne Zirulnik Student Scholarship for exceptional promise in Dance Education in the NDEO Conference in New York in June 2009.
Vannia has been Artistic Director of her own dance troupe company called VIDA - Vannia Ibarguen Dance Arts Since 2005, choreographing and directing more than 20 small dances and seven full evening shows; and she is Artistic Director of Global Water Dances, a non profit organization whose mission is to inspire action, leadership, and international collaboration for environmental water solutions around the world through the universal language of dance.