Vanessa Sanchez is a dancer, educator, and choreographer who focuses on community arts education and multi-cultural dance forms. Based in San Francisco, Vanessa has studied and performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Brazil. Her dance styles range from Tap and Jazz dance to Bhangra and Afro-Caribbean styles, including Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban. She is the Artistic Director of La Mezcla and continues to train on a regular basis with Master Instructors both in the Bay Area and abroad.
With a background in dance education and over 20 years of dance training, Vanessa is an accomplished teaching artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her teaching skills range from preschool and elementary aged classes, to adult classes of all levels, as well as mentoring new teaching artists. Vanessa currently teaches with various local non-profit arts organizations. She is available for private classes, workshops, and choreography sessions!
For the past 10+ years, Vanessa has been dancing and performing in the Bay Area and beyond with groups including Bomberas de la Bahia (Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba), Afoutayi (Afro-Haitian), Arenas Dance Company (Afro-Cuban), Aguas da Bahia (Afro-Brazilian), and Duniya Dance and Drum Company (Bhangra/Bollywood/West African). She has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe at events including San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Bomplenazo (Bronx, New York), El Festival de las Brujas (Veracruz, Mexico) and at Teatro Maria Matos in Lisbon, Portugal.
As a choreographer, Vanessa utilizes a wide range of styles and rhythms. She has created choreography for shows including the Singing Bois’ “Queerstory of a Boy Band” and John Jota Leanos’ “Imperial Silence- Una Opera Muerta.” As Director and Choreographer of La Mezcla, she strives to explore the connection between polyrhythms and movement, while maintaining a Social Justice focus. Her work has appeared in CubaCaribe, D.I.R.T. Political Dance Festival, and Eastside Art’s Live Arts in Resistance. Vanessa held a residency @ EastSide Arts Alliance and has received funding from Dancer’s Group’s 2016 CA$H grant, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures NFA grant and San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant.
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