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Mondays & Fridays, 11am-12pm
New Summer Class starting 6/13!
Vanessa is a recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer
who currently co-directs the company DoubleTake Dance in NYC
www.doubletakedanceco.com Honored with a scholarship
from the Spanish
Ministry of Culture to study abroad, she later became the resident
choreographer for the musical theatre production company Tela-
Katola in Spain. Shows: “I Love You, You're Perfect …Now Change”
and “Tick Tick…BOOM!”.
Currently she dances and choreographs for DoubleTake Dance (SummerStage; NY Half Marathon, Ailey Theater; Carnival, Webster Hall; Gerald Lynch Theater, Dixon Place, Teatro la Tea, Teatro Madrid, Sala Triángulo), & De Funes Dance. Other companies: BalaSole Dance, Noir Tribe Media, Burnt Sugar, Ikada, J.T Lotus Dance Co. She´s had the pleasure to work for choreographers such as Germaul Barnes, Ryan Beck, Derek Mitchell, Guillém Alonso, Gabrielle Lasner, Sheila Barker, Alan Onickel, Lynn Schwab (Tap City -Symphony Space) and Tony Waag (Career Transition for Dancers Gala at City Center)
Featured dancer in “Rabi Thakur: A ballet on the Life of Rabindranath Tagore” (NJPAC); Momentum Dance Theater: “The jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker” (Washington D.C ), “Steel City Rhythm" workshop by RSW & associates; "Where Dreams Become Reality" (NY) and “Compradores de Sueños” (Madrid). Other shows include The Little Opera Theater of NY´s “Mitridate” ; “Arrival” at Theater 80; “LOVEartJAPAN” Benefit show for Japan.
She has performed as a dancer, model or actress for international brands and commercials with L´OREAL, Heineken, Ameriprise, NYRoadRunners, Tag Heuer, Yahoo, Ursus Vodka, KDDance, Lush Cosmetics/Gorilla Perfumes, El Pais newspaper, channel Tele5, Fuse TV, X-Box/Kinect (Times Square with NeYo and Lady Sovereign) Fashion Center Arts Festival, One Truth, Dru Cutler and the Rachel Ray Show. Film credits include “The Ryde of Tom & Valkyrie”, & "Friends With Benefits" with Justin Timberlake (IMDB 2011)
Vanessa is passionate about her teaching career and is currently on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center and DanceWave in NYC. Vanessa has also been a guest teacher in numerous studios around the world (Lines in San Francisco; LeHigh Valley Alliance in Pennsylvania; Round Rock Repertory, Tarrytown Dance in Austin; Scaena, Performance, El Arte de Bailar, Latelier, Ross in Spain; T- Stage in México...) and teaches and judges at conventions around the USA.
Intro Warmup working on the basic steps , followed by simple across the floor and a choreo to work on easy rhythms and musicality. Fun and friendly class to get started in tap.
Beg Class starts with a warmup focused on basic steps. Exercises working on more challenging rhythms and weight change culminate in a choreography. Each week different styles and different challenges!
Intense warmup focused on technique, strength and stretch. After warmup we do across the floor to work on turns, jumps and short phrases to move through space, and prepare the body for the choreography. Class ends with a challenging combo.
Photo Credit: Ashley Carter
Absolute Beginner Contemporary-Jazz with Vanessa Martinez (Contemporary)