who we are
Chosen Vessels Dance (CVD) is an Atlanta based performance ministry ensemble that fuses dance, drama, music, and the spoken word. CVD seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories to light through the performing arts.
Founded in 1998 by Alabama native, Vanessa Manley (Artistic Director), CVD is dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change and spiritual growth.
Chosen Vessels Dance has been presented extensively in New York and has performed throughout the United States, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. As part of its mission and outreach effort, CVD presents annual workshops, lecture demonstrations, performances, and artistic residencies.
CVD engages in extensive community-based programming, encouraging cultural activity as an inherent part of community life. CVD’s Community Mission Projects partner CVD with local presenters, area artists, churches, and community residents to bring stories from the bible and everyday life experiences forward through their creative performances. When engaging with community partners, CVD gives equal attention to the creative, social, physical, and spiritual needs of the participants.
It is this community-focused vision that drives the aesthetic of CVD, and solicits a collective nod of “amen” from a diverse audience of fans.