Vida Vongsay – Owner/Manager
Vida Vongsay, a native of Laos, migrated to the U.S. in 1980 and grew up in Bethel, Maine. A former gymnast, she 1993 she began training as a professional ballroom dance teacher and competitor when she moved to Jacksonville in 1993.
Bridging the cultural divide is one of her strengths. She co-founded Jacksonville Dance Alliance (JDA) and the Asian American Chamber of Jacksonville (AACJ). She played a key role in directing opportunities that engaged the local community with Asians, African-Americans and Hispanics to increase multicultural visibility. She also organizes and Chairs Celebrate Asia, Northeast Florida’s signature event that honors the national Asian Pacific American Heritage month which draws local and national Asian American attendees. She enjoys training the youth and sharing the cultures of multicultural art through teaching them many forms of dance, such as Dragon dancing and Lion Dancing and Youth Ballroom and Latin dancing.
Vongsay’s personal passion for dance earned her a Grand Finalist for the 2000 United States Dance Sport Championship. Her success was featured nationally on PBS television.
Vongsay was recently recognized by her community with an award for her economic entrepreneurship as a “Women of Color” (2009) and was also chosen and awarded from Jackonville Business Journal as 2010 top twenty women of influence award for Northeast Florida.