Get to know teacher Ms Vanessa better!
Vanessa Hearn began her dance training at CCB at the age of 3. A dedicated student, she became a member of the CCB company at age 15 and has taught ballet focusing in the Vaganova and RAD techniques for 6 years at CCB. In addition to teaching, Vanessa has also choreographed numerous dances and set pieces for the CCB company. Vanessa is trained in several dance disciplines including: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Swing, and Salsa, and has performed in over 50 productions. She enjoys teaching children and adults alike. She trained under Mia Michaels of So You Think You Can Dance, Misha Tchoupakov of Salt Lake City Ballet and Regional Dance America, and Lorita Travaglia of Colorado Ballet. Vanessa graduated with honors from CSU and served as CCB’s Interim Director during the 2014 Fall Semester.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My family…husband, daughter, and 2 puppies. They are everything to me…
What is your favorite book?
The Princess by Lori Wick
How about movie?
I don’t have a favorite, but I like action and I’ll never say no to a romantic comedy
Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?
Dance as though no one is watching, love as though you have never been hurt before, sing as though no one can hear you, and live as though heaven is on earth.
Would you rather vacation in Alaska or Hawaii, and why?
Hawaii! I love tropical places and to me, Hawaii is the ultimate place to relax. It’s like my home away from home. (I lived in Alaska for 5 years and I don’t like the cold!)
What are your hobbies?
Dancing, shopping, sports, crafts, and cooking/playing in the kitchen with my daughter Halle
If you were a superhero, what would your powers be?
Flight and speed.
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
Satellite phone, fully stocked luxury yacht, and of course my pointe shoes.
What is your favorite part about teaching at CCB?
Definitely spending time with my students. I love watching how they grow throughout the years, not only as beautiful dancers but into wonderful individuals.