About Me

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


Experience with:

       - videography

       - photography

       - social media management

       - web design

Native Italian speaker

Certified Mat Pilates Instructor

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, patience, and passion to reach for the stars and change the world." - Harriet Tubman

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