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Vanessa began studying dance at the age of 3 and found an intense passion for modern dance and fitness in high school. During college, Vanessa had the unique opportunity to study and perform at the Beijing Dance Academy in Beijing, China, and attended the London Contemporary Dance School at The Place in England.  Having performed in original works by many contemporary dance choreographers, Vanessa moved to New York City with a dream of performing on a professional level.  In 2002, upon completing her advanced studies, Vanessa performed with the Dodge Dance Company as a founding member and soloist.  Her professional opportunities also included working with internationally acclaimed dance photographer, Lois Greenfield, who featured Vanessa's dance portraits in her 2007, 2008, 2013, and 2014 calendars.


Vanessa started her fitness career in big box and boutique gyms in NYC in 2002 and she ventured into full time entrepreneurship with what is now the Inner Warrior Project, in 2010.









Vanessa holds a BA in dance from Connecticut College ('99), and an MFA in dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts ('02), with over 2 years of study in physiology, anatomy and kinesiology. She is currently an ACTION CPT, and has been certified by AFTA and the PhysicalMind Institute in Pilates Mat and standing Pilates, as well as, by the Red Cross and American Heart Association in CPR with AED.  Vanessa is a Qualified TRX professional.  In 2018, Vanessa was certified as a Spartan SGX Coach and is an Obstacle Specialist.  In 2022, Vanessa became a Level 1 nutrition coach through Precision Nutrition, and continues to add to her professional credentials through continuing education courses annually. 

Other awards and achievements:

2014 Completed Spartan Sprint and Super

2015 Completed Spartan Race Trifecta

2015 2nd Place, INBF Hercules, Figure Open

2015 1st Place, IPL NaturalMag Classic, Figure Open & Athletic Open, Pro Qualified

2015 Cover Model, September/October, 

Natural Magazine International  

2016 Completed Spartan Beast, Elite

2016 1st Place, IPL NaturalGainz Classic, Figure Open & Athletic Open

2016 1st Place, IPL NJ Pro Am, Pro Figure

2016 2nd Place, IPL NJ Pro Am, Pro Athletic

2016 Cover Model, July/August, Vigorous Magazine

2016 1st Place, INBF Natural Connecticut, Figure Open/Overall, Pro Qualified

2017-20 Spartan Race Brand Ambassador

2017 Qualified for the OCR World Championships

2017 Completed 10 Spartan Races, 1 Trifecta

2018 Qualified for OCR World Championships

2018 Completed 17 Spartan Races, 3x Trifectas

2019 Qualified for Spartan North American Championships and OCR World Championships

2019 Completed 32 Spartan Races, 6x Trifectas

2019 3 Third Place finishes in Spartan Race Age Group W40-44

2019 Third Place in the Spartan Race Stadium Series Age Group W40-44

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