We had the good fortune of connecting with Vika S. Hernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Vika, why did you pursue a creative career?
I believe every person is a creative being and we all have the ability to create beauty in our lives. After pursuing many different kinds of work, I realized that feeding my creative energy and dancing provided the most happiness and soulful nourishment. As an artist, I am always learning new things, challenging myself to dig deeper and create with purpose. I love that I have the opportunity to tell my own story and connect with other people in meaningful and uplifting ways. My art is my medicine.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I teach dance, create performance art and produce an annual event called the International Women’s Day Arts+DanceXchange. This event was born out of my own healing journey going through an identity crisis and existential dread. My healing began in my darkest moment, when I looked up at the sky and saw a double rainbow over my head. It was magical and I instantly knew that I was receiving a message from a cosmic force. I realized that I was experiencing what you might call an alchemical death, and thus now was beginning my personal transformation and rebirth. It was painful and terrifying, but humbling and inspiring all at the same time. This is what led to the creation of the International Women’s Day Arts+DanceXchange, an amalgamation of my identity and values as a woman, mother, and artist. It serves to provide a place for artists, dancers, healers, makers and community to come together and honor the feminine aspect of creation by sharing earth-based wisdom through their workshops and performances, participating in soil-engaging activities (ie. planting trees), and supporting the arts. Setting up an event in 2021 will have its own challenges as the world seems to be going through its own collective transformation…but if I’ve learned anything, it’s that within our own darkness there is always opportunity to use the imagination and create something beautiful.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my friend to Oceanside, rent a little electric boat, and cruise the harbor to get some fresh sea air, and check out the sea lions. For lunch, I’d go to Pacific Coast Spirits, have some lunch and my favorite drink called the Farmerita (it’s delicious trust me!) Afterwards, I would go on a stroll on the beach by the Oceanside Pier and check out the sunset. For dinner, I would take my friend to Carte Blanche Bistro & Bar where Chef Alex whips up the best French/Mexican fusion ever. If I had more days, I would also take my friend to our local Oceanside farmer’s market for some fresh organic fruits and veggies followed by some amazing hiking we have here in North County San Diego like the waterfall at Penasquitos Preserve, or Lake Hodges in Escondido.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this Shoutout to a few people. First and foremost to my family who encourages me, lifts me up, believes in me, and has made tremendous sacrifices to give me this life. I could not create without their unconditional love and support. I am also deeply grateful to my friend and mentor Mestre Mariano Silva and the family at Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara for the years of friendship, life lessons, cultural arts, and community values that have shaped my understanding and commitment to grow.

Website: https://womensdayxchange.com/
Instagram: @womensdayxchange
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/womensdayxchange
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8TvG9azYI2SdFF6CwYg-Tg
Other: For dance class information, and future projects please also follow my artist account is @vikadances

Image Credits
Enrique Villa

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