Ronya-Lee LaVaune Anderson is a dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter and educator. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master’s of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.
A former member of the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, Clancy Works, Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange and most recently, Dance Place’s Marvin Gaye Project, for which she also served as Rehearsal Director, Ronya-Lee has performed both nationally and internationally. She is a 2018-19 recipient of the Clarice NextLOOK Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium, a Maryland Individual Artist Award Recipient (2017), and a two time Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Grantee (2018, 2017).
Ronya-Lee has a decade of K through 12 teaching experience. She has also led residencies at Duke University (Durham, NC), Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas), Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) and Prince George’s Community College (Landover, MD). Her work has been most recently commissioned by the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and she is an inaugural 2020 recipient of the Kennedy Center REACH Office Hours Commission.
With the ukulele as her songwriting companion, Ronya-Lee uses her dance and choreography experience to create a unique live journey. She combines live music, text, detailed costuming and original sound in her art making.