Vanessa Nichole began her career in Dallas, Texas, first as a teenager dancing for the Mary Kay summer seminars, and then as a graduate of SMU with a degree in Dance Performance, Summa Cum Laude. With a strong training in classical technique and partnering after graduating, Vanessa was immediately cast by both Spirit Productions and Celebrity Cruise Lines. She spent three years touring with these companies, gaining professional experience as a dancer and aerialist. Loving the challenge and thrill of being on the static trapeze, Vanessa proceeded to train on various apparatuses and is now cast regularly as a specialty dancer nationwide.
Stage and Screen
Within her first year of moving to Los Angeles, Vanessa began working with Rob Ashford (TED 2, The Academy Awards, Hermes) and Daniel Ezralow (OPEN, PEARL, Primo Passo, The Grammy’s, The Met Gala, Wango Tango). She continues to work with Ezralow as a core member of his touring company, Ezralow Dance, and credits him with her first experience as an install and stage director, assisting him during their time with Katy Perry. Vanessa was also introduced to the world of musical theater through Lythgoe Family Productions’ Aladdin and His Winter Wish. Falling in love with acting and singing, she has since toured Aladdin with the Lythgoes as “Spirit of the Ring” and dance captain, cried with laughter in Garry Marshall Theatre’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(ensemble, dance captain) and continues to bring joy to thousands in Disney’s Frozen: Live at the Hyperion(ensemble swing). From tour footage with Paula Abdul, backup dancing for David Lee Roth, celebrating the Nurse’s Ball on General Hospital, to showcasing both strength and vulnerability as one of the bombshell women of Cherry Boom Boom, Vanessa is a truly versatile talent within the entertainment industry.
Passionate about fitness and health, Vanessa began teaching at Pure Barre North Hollywood as it opened in 2014. She then went on to teach at Body By Simone, where she led cardio, sculpt, and trampoline classes. Vanessa now teaches the boutique fitness class, 567Broadway!, which seamlessly blends musical theater and cardio dance. Alongside fitness and performing, Vanessa is available for master classes in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, as well as setting choreography for competitions and recitals.
Choreography and Directing
Choreography credits include music videos for YouTube sensations Niki + Gabi, Sharegrid, Face Forward International, and holiday events with World Entertainment Group. Vanessa also serves as a rehearsal and install director with Celebrity Cruise Lines, working with the creative team to open new production shows and themed events, fleet-wide.