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.
Vanessa recently graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a BFA in Dance and a BS in Video Production. She currently resides in New York City, where she is training in the Dance Studies Program at Peridance Capezio Dance Center.
Surrender | RAW Showcase: STELLAR | Katie Binder (WellBeing Dance) | 2019
Forward | Elmwood Arts Festival | Abigail Donegan | 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 | Erin DeLucia-Benson | 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
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