Born in Hong Kong, raised in the UK, Vanessa is a Royal Ballet School associate, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance BA(Hons) and London Contemporary Dance School alum. After graduating with a Postgraduate diploma, Vanessa went on to tour internationally performing works by renowned choreographers such as Richard Alston CBE, Christopher Bruce CBE and Itzik Galili amongst many others. Alongside theatre, Vanessa has featured in TV, film and music with production companies such as Walt Disney Studios, Netflix and Universal Pictures.

More recently, she toured to 16 countries with the Akram Khan Company performing in the Jungle Book Reimagined.

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 currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the National Youth Ballet and mentor for the MA Dance: Performance programme at The Place, London.