Vanessa is currently a dancer with the Akram Khan Company, following a decade as leading dancer with Phoenix Dance Theatre, and alumna of the National Youth Ballet. Since graduating from the Royal Ballet School Associates, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School with a postgraduate diploma, Vanessa went onto perform and tour internationally with works by choreographers such as Richard Alston CBE, Christopher Bruce CBE, Robert Cohan CBE, Itzik Galili, and Didy Veldman amongst many others. More recently working with Ryan Chappell, Miguel Altunaga and Mthuthuzeli November.
In August 2018 Vanessa was Dancing Times, Dancer of the Month and later that year nominated at the acclaimed National Dance Awards, Critics Circle. Vanessa was also an external examiner and mentor for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is currently on the Board of trustees for ThickSkin Theatre.