Training across New York, Paris, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Brazil and regional Australia, Vanessa is particularly fascinated with street dance and the way it is born outside of the dance studio context, often by an oppressed people in reaction to political and socio-economic turmoil. in 2016 Vanessa founded Groove Therapy, aimed at making dance accessible to all walks of life. The program has brought dance to at-risk youth, Indigenous communities, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the every-day person, using the political and healing foundations that these street dance styles are built upon and mindfully appropriating it in new communities to help spark global conversation and cultural understanding.
Upon founding Groove Therapy, Vanessa has been named a Young Social Pioneer 2017 by the Foundation for Young Australians, has been named one of Westpac’s ‘Unstoppable Millennials’ and was one of the six 2016/17 artists to be placed in the City of Sydney Creative Live/Work Space residencies.
Since launching in 2016, Groove Therapy has gone on to feature in documentaries, facilitate workshops and choreograph for the likes of TedX Sydney, MTV, Vice, Frankie Magazine, Oyster Magazine and commercials for Samsung, Nike, ASOS and Mercedes Benz Fashion week.
Groove Therapy is a dance class series and events/talent agency that makes street dance accessible to all walks of life, championing diversity and correct representations of street dance in a pop-culture driven society where hip hop is all too often misrepresented. The Groove Therapy dance classes walk away from the typical dance studio domain to rebuild the street dance context, with classes held in warehouse and community spaces with no mirrors and dim lights to push the ‘safe-space, no-judgement’ vibe. With classes selling out across Melbourne and Sydney, the crew have now launched the across Gold Coast, Brisbane and Byron Bay. Groove Therapy also holds community projects to bring street dance to marginalised communities with programs launched for dementia patients, at-risk youth and new-migrants struggling to transition into Australia. Check out all the details via groovetherapy101.com
Started From The Bottom - Spring Party
It's a great time to be a young professional in Sydney! Join us as we bring together the makers and doers of this great city we call home. Bring a friend because drinks are on us!