VANESSA MARTINEZ DE BAÑOS • CONTEMPORARY
Vanessa is a recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer, founder and co-director of DoubleTake Dance in NYC (www.DoubleTakeDanceCo.com). Featured twice in Dance Informa Magazine DTD has recently received several commissions: Rock that Rolls choreographic commission for Dancing Wheels in Cleveland, OH; HTChen New Steps residency NYC; Next Step commission and performance for JPAC NYC with choreography featured in the YAGP finals.
Honored with a professional development scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Culture to study abroad, she later became the resident choreographer for the musical theatre production company Tela-Katola in Spain. Shows: “I Love You, You're Perfect ...Now Change” and “Tick Tick...BOOM!”.
Currently she dances and choreographs for DoubleTake Dance (SummerStage; Battery Dance, NY Half Marathon, Ailey Theater; Carnival, Webster Hall; Gerald Lynch Theater, Dixon Place, Teatro la Tea, Jazz Choreographers Project, T. Madrid, Triángulo), Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company. Other companies: LLMoves, BalaSole Dance, Noir Tribe Media, Burnt Sugar, Ikada, J.T Lotus Dance Co. She ́s had the pleasure to work for choreographers such as Germaul Barnes, Ryan Beck, Derek Mitchell, Guillém Alonso, Gabrielle Lasner, Alan Onickel, Lynn Schwab (Tap City -Symphony Space) and Tony Waag (Career Transition for Dancers Gala at City Center) Featured dancer in “DIY Nutcracker” (NY), “Rabi Thakur: A ballet on the Life of Rabindranath Tagore” (NJPAC); Momentum Dance Theater: “The jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker” (Washington D.C ), “Steel City Rhythm" workshop by RSW & associates; "Where Dreams Become Reality" (NY). Other shows include The Little Opera Theater of NY ́s “Mitridate” ; ABT’s “The Golden Cockerel” at the MET, “Arrival” at Theater 80; “LOVEartJAPAN” Benefit show for Japan. She has performed as a dancer, model or actress for international brands and commercials: L ́OREAL, Heineken, Ameriprise, Athleta, NYRoadRunners, Tag Heuer, Yahoo, Ursus Vodka, KDDance, Lush Cosmetics/Gorilla Perfumes, El Pais newspaper, channel Tele5, Fuse TV, X-Box/Kinect (Times Square with NeYo and Lady Sovereign) Fashion Center Arts Festival, One Truth, Dru Cutler and the Rachel Ray Show. Film credits include “The Ryde of Tom & Valkyrie”, & "Friends With Benefits" with Justin Timberlake (IMDB 2011) Vanessa is passionate about her teaching career. Faculty at BAE and Steps and a Tap City Leader she’s been featured on CNN and NBC. Vanessa has also been faculty in numerous studios around the world (Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance in NY; Alonzo Lines in San Francisco; LeHigh Valley Alliance in Pennsylvania; Hawaii Univ, Punahou, Mid-Pac in Hawaii; Round Rock Rep, and Tarrytown Dance in Austin; V. Ullate, Arte de Bailar, Luthier, Latelier, Ross in Spain; T- Stage in México...) and she also teaches/ judges at conventions and is a Pilates Mat Certified Trainer
Vanessa’s warmup starts by finding and working on your core muscles. Focusing on technique, strengthening and flexibility, dancers will get their bodies strong and prepared by working on these skills. Proper warmup is essential both to the growth of a dancer and also prevention of possible injuries. A across the floor, breaking down the technicality of turns, leaps and floor work will get the dancers moving in space and increasing their dance vocabulary. Class ends with a choreography focusing on musicality, technique, and dancers artistry and unique voices fusing styles.