Vanessa grew up in the regional Victorian town of Mildura and started ballet classes at the age of seven. She completed RAD exams both recreational and vocational, finishing Grade 8 and Advanced 1 with Distinction. Beginning as a student teacher at the age of 12, she soon developed a keen interest in teaching as a career.
Following a move to Melbourne for tertiary studies she studied a Diploma of Dance (Teaching and Management) and was employed as a freelance dance teacher at various ballet schools around Melbourne. In 2018 she will begin her CBTS with the RAD, and continue to share her love of ballet and dance with her students. Vanessa is also a keen adult ballet student, and fits in a class whenever she can!