Born and raised in the Bay Area, Vanessa grew up dancing in the competitive world. Her most influential training was under So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, Sonya Tayeh and Adrenaline Dance Convention's founding faculty member, Chris Jacobsen. After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism and minor in Dance, she eventually began teaching at Prodigy Dance Co. and found her passion for instructing. She worked as a regional and national judge for Showbiz Talent Competition and Primetime Competition. In 2016, Vanessa was trained and certified by T Spheres Founder and Creator, Stephanie Whittier, as an Injury Prevention Instructor, solidifying her love of body mechanics. From there she went on to become a fitness instructor in Barre, Dhurva Yoga, HIIT and Bootcamp style classes. In the same year, Vanessa began touring with Revive Dance Convention and National Dance Honors, becoming the Convention Manager and Fitness and T Spheres instructor and joining the Artists & Athletes Initiative, created by Caroline Lewis-Jones. In 2017 she taught at The Dance Teacher Summit in New York with T Spheres. She is currently a faculty member alongside her most influential instructors such as Brooke Pierotti, Chris Jacobsen and Sonya Tayeh, at The Summer Dance Sessions, a week-long intensive. Her most passionate project is her workshop, MOVE /NTO YOU: a movement to connect to the body and empower the self. Vanessa works with dancers to build awareness of the intelligence stored within their physical body, known as, somatic intelligence. Her workshop is brought out to studios around the US from Northern California and LA to Florida. Her hope is to share her knowledge and experience of the body, that by strengthening the connection and awareness to our physical form, we are strengthening our confidence, our ability to handle and process stress, and release the things that no longer serve us. Essentially, everything we search outside of ourselves for, is already within us, we just need the tools.