Vanessa Raffaele was born in Como, Italy. She began her training at the age of 4 at Dance Club (Merate, LC). Under the direction of Eliana Oriano she trained in ballet and later on pointe and modern jazz.
At 8 years old she moved to Rijeka, Croatia where she continued her ballet training at the Ballet of Croatian National Theater for two years. At age 15, Vanessa moved to Rochester, NY where she danced at Hochstein School of Music and Dance and Ballet Prestige.
In 2019, Vanessa graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a BFA in Dance and a BS in Video Production. She then moved to New York City, where she completed the Dance Studies Program at Peridance Capezio Dance Center.
Vanessa has danced at the New York Public Library for the 2018 SUNY Chancellor Inauguration Dinner and has performed with DeLucia-Benson Dance, Donegan Dance Exploration, Rubix Dance Collective,
WellBeing Dance, Frazee Feet Dance, Dance : Corps as well as having performed works by Randy James, Jason Ohlberg, Bliss Kohlmyer, Paula J Peters and Winston Dynamite Brown. Vanessa has been training with Marie-Christine Giordano Dance since January 2020 and is company apprentice as well as associate video artist. She has been volunteering as a movement teacher assistant with House of the Roses since 2019.
Vanessa is currently in Rhodes, Greece where she is working as an animator, entertainer and dancer.
Society Sees Me As | The Reckoning: Why We Vote | Frazee Feet Dance | 2020
Surrender | RAW Showcase: STELLAR | WellBeing Dance | 2019
Forward | Elmwood Arts Festival | Donegan Dance Exploration | 2019
Precipice | Fredonia Dance Ensemble | Jason Ohlberg | 2019
A Mirrorred Path Leads Me | METAMORPHOSIS | Zachary Frazee | 2019
Just Because | SUNY Impact Inauguration Dinner | Paula J Peters | 2018
Elemental Enormity | Fringe Festival | DeLucia-Benson Dance | 2018
Broadway Dance Center | Karla Puno Garcia | Jazz
ACDA 2019 | Jenna Del Monte | Contemporary
SUNY Fredonia | Betsy Struxness | Musical Theatre
ACDA 2018 | Richard Hinds | Musical Theatre
SUNY Fredonia | Callan Bergmann | Musical Theatre
SUNY Fredonia | Randy James | Modern
Point Park University | Ben Belhumeur | Jazz
Videography, Video Editing
Social Media Management
Creative Writing, Script Writing, Blog Writing
Native Italian speaker
Certified Mat Pilates Instructor