In addition to our opportunities for ballet lessons, we also offer a variety of other dance instruction, including hip hop classes, competitive dance, and adult dance classes. Our Summer Intensive Program and Weekly Workshops are available for dancers wishing to expand their enrichment beyond our standard hours. The Summer Intensive is a rigorous, motivational and fun training experience for dancers age 8 and up. We also offer Baby Ballerina Dance Camps for those aged 3 to 7 years. To explore these options and more, please contact us or visit the Dance Center of San Antonio today.
Vanessa is a former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Panama. She started her dancing career very early and was a full scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, New York. Her training includes the Vaganova, Royal Academy of Dancing, and Cecchetti methods along with modern dance and jazz. Vanessa has studied in Panama, Panama; New York, New York; Havana, Cuba; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Milan, Italy and Miami, Florida under renowned teachers including: Wasil Tupin, Angelco Yureska, Belinda Writes, Hector Zaraspe, John Magnus, Marek Cholewa and Elena Kunikova among others. She also participated in several international dance festivals in Argentina, Peru and El Salvador. Vanessa performed principal rolls in Ballets including: Don Quixote, Paquita, La Bayadere, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, Nutcracker, Spring Waters, Flower Festival, Paris Flames, Dying Swan (from Le Carnaval des), and Diana and Action.
In her fifteen plus years of teaching, Vanessa has a track record of preparing successful students that have been accepted in professional companies and strong college programs. She also has prepared YAGP Regional top 12 finalists and award winners in 2013, 2014, and 2015 as well as having finalists and top twelve dancers at the 2015 World Ballet Competition. This summer she has 5 students out on summer intensive scholarships and one of her senior students will be traveling to Moscow, on a full scholarship, to study at the Bolshoi Academy for 6 weeks.
Vanessa holds degrees and certifications from the following institutions: Master of Business Administration, Barry University, Miami Florida. Postgraduate degree in Education, Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua, Republic of Panama. Bachelor of Arts, Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua, Republic of Panama, Bolshoi Academy Teacher Certification, Cecchetti Method Teacher Certification.