DANCER / CHOREOGRAPHER
Growing up in Dubai, Vanessa was surrounded by world music, practicing her dance moves in front of the TV from age five. She is formally trained in Indian Classical Dance, and when she was 20, Vanessa made the jump to street style dance – Dancehall, Afro and Hip-Hop. Seven years later she created Groove Therapy – a safe space for people to get out of their heads and into their bodies. On top of the regular classes, Groove Therapy now runs a series of community projects, from an elderly Dementia program, to at-risk youths, refugee programs and more recently, kids with disabilities.