Vanessa Tonks

Recreational & Competitive Instructor

(Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop & Jazz Technique)

Vanessa started dancing at the age of 6, but shortly after moved to Peggy Peats School of Dance where she soon realized what dance could lead to as Career. She trained in hip hop, jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe, stage, and contemporary as well as pursuing solos multiple years in a row.Eventually she became inspired to become a role model and teacher for the kids so she started assisting along side her mentors for 5 years. Vanessa has also worked with PRP putting together entertaining performances at the PNE and being apart of fun parades as well as dancing in the opening ceremony's at the Worlds Women’s Softball Championship in 2016 and for Pola Cosmetics in 2019.Vanessa got the privilege to be in Harbour Dance Centres, Intensive Training Program working up to 25 hours a week with Vancouver Circus School,  taking singing Lessons, acting sessions and dance classes. In 2018, Vanessa performed as Warren Flandez background dancer at the sound wave concert. In 2020 Vanessa worked for PRP and the PNE to create performances for the Canada Day parade, PNE Drive-through experience and the Winterlights festival. Recently Vanessa has taken an interest to improve the health of dancers and to teach them the value of taking care of their bodies. During 2020, she got certified in Sugarfoot therapy and PBT(progressing ballet technique.) Vanessa will be incorporating sugar foot therapy exercises into her jazz technique classes to help reduce injury risk and enhance performance. Vanessa's goal is to help create strong dancers so they can be the best they can be with little to no injuries!

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