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a b o u t

the vision

founded in 2022 vagabondance is a performance company, and artistic incubator that seeks to transform how dance is presented, accessed, and experienced by the baton rouge community.

 

with a focus on connecting people through a shared physical language, we believe dance as an art form can give rise to the attributes, ideas, and values that define us as sacred beings and promote growth in all areas of our lives.

 

Learn more about how you can support your community through dance by visiting our support page >

the founders

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scarlett wynne (artistic director) 

Scarlett Wynne has over twelve years of professional experience as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor in the performing arts industry. She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and has worked with companies across the country, such as The Georgia Ballet, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Wonderbound, The Big Muddy Dance Company, and the New Mexico Dance Project. During her time in New Mexico, Scarlett was Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the New Mexico Dance Project while serving as resident choreographer and contemporary instructor with the New Mexico School for the Arts and teaching artist for the National Dance Institute. She and her husband recently moved to Baton Rouge, LA, where she currently serves as Founder/Artistic Director of the newly established vagabondance.

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erik sampson (executive director)
 

Beginning his training at age 17, at the former Ballet New England School of Dance, Erik soon uncovered a passion for dance and the arts, that led to him achieving his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance in 2012. As a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor, Erik has performed across the United States and abroad. In 2014, Erik transitioned into educational development to co-found (and later direct) a statewide performing arts charter school in Denver, Colorado. In 2018, Erik returned to the stage to serve as a company member and Executive Director of the New Mexico Dance Project.  His passion for community impact continues to drive his investment in the industry as he explores the intersection of performing arts and community investment. Erik currently serves as the co-founder of vagabondance and strategic consultant for a number of non-profits located here in Baton Rouge.

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"As people, we are always changing, growing, and evolving.

I believe dance should do the same. Not just dance but also the structure and approach of a dance company. That’s how vagabondance came to be.

It’s about seeing the needs of the community, the people around us, and adapting /creating art in response."

-Scarlett Wynne

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