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Vashti​Dance Theater

VashtiDance Theater exists to uplift, empower, inspire, and educate our community through dance and music performances, workshops, and events that blend the aesthetics of the vernacular, traditional, and classical, to create a contemporary perspective featuring live music and thought provoking choreography based on historical and socially relevant themes that is genuine and authentic.

Our Team

Misaki Hayama


Misaki Hayama was born and raised Tokyo in Japan. She graduated Saitama Prefectures High School of Arts and attended Japan University College of Art Dancing Course.

She had worked as a dancer in “the Lion King” and “A Chorus Line” in Japan.

2015, she moved to New York and started training at Alvin Ailey School as a full scholarship student. She performed at Apollo Theatre also worked with Obediah Wright in musical “Night Songs” at New York Theater of Actors, She also worked with George William Faison in Gospel Festival as a guest dancer at Prudential Center.



is from Harlem, New York City and began her dance training in the Rod Rodgers Dance Company Youth Program. Shortly after she attended the Talent Unlimited High School while simultaneously attending The School at Steps, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Manhattan Youth Ballet. After graduating Ms. Venable attended The Ailey School for two years on a level two scholarship. Ms. Venable performed at The Joyce Theater in the premier cast of the All-City Panorama with The Martha Graham Dance Company. As well as performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a Revelations 50 Cast Member

Whitney Janis


New York City-based dancer Whitney Janis has appeared as a guest artist with Dance Visions NY, Buggé Ballet, Peabody Dance, and Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance; and has performed at Lincoln Center, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater, and in Piobbico, Italy. She received her professional training at The Ailey School (2018). She is on faculty at The Dance Source and was previously an assistant ballet instructor in Ailey's Junior Division Program. Whitney has an undergraduate degree in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and is a founding member of the Hopkins contemporary dance group Jaywalk.