A.I.S.T.D, A.I.D.T.A, A.I.P.A.Th, C.D.A Contemporary Dance, Co-Artistic Director I-PATH, Classical Ballet, I-PATH Examiner
Vanessa started dancing at 4 years old,1977. She is a one-school woman, having remained with the same school for the whole of her dancing career. She was a successful dancer herself winning many trophies and appearing in countless shows. She took all her dancing exams with Miss Davies, and then studied for and took her teaching exams with the school. Finally she achieved her life-long ambition when she became principal of the school in August 2003.
Miss Tesh :
Miss Tesh is another who started dancing before being old enough to go to school. She was also trained by Miss Davies. Like Miss Vanessa the school is in her blood, she also chose to stay at the school and train to become a teacher.
Miss Tesh teaches all dance genres and specialises in drama & musical theatre, offering a wide variety of Lamda examinations.
We believe in the transformative power of the dramatic arts and the importance and value of drama in society. Great art has the ability to move, challenge and inspire us; it writes the narrative of our lives. We are committed to encouraging and enabling people to share in this experience, through our training, work, productions and facilities and will strive to ensure that each student recognises there potential.
Senior Teacher Artistic Group Member, I-PATH Musical Theatre, I-PATH Examiner, A.I.P.A.Th
Teacher (Attends once a month on a Saturday)
Mark Webb is one of the most sought-after dancers of his generation. He has had the pleasure of performing on stage with such top musical artists as Destiny’s Child, Take That, Blue, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Steps, Girls Aloud, Lionel Ritchie, Spice Girls, Boyzone, Diana Ross and Cher.
His stamina and discipline of mind and body combined with his work ethic meant that he toured exclusively worldwide with these artists. He has also performed at all major UK pop concerts such as The Brits and Party in the Park. He was a regular dancer on well-known TV programs as TOTP and CDUK. He can also be seen in various pop videos.
Mark has also choreographed for such notable brands as Veda, Harley Davidson, Clothes Show, Tiger, Ben Sherman, Red Mother, Adidas, Speedo, the V Festival, Salon International, The Motor Show, Next, Aspri, FA Cup Final – to name a few.
Mark is currently teaching at some of the leading performing arts colleges in the country and is passionate about passing on his knowledge and work ethic to the generation of today.
Mark is a great asset to Vanessa’s School of Dance in Belper, attending once a month on a Saturday.
I started my training at Vanessa’s School of Dance when I was 6 years old. Although I trained in every style (apart from Acro!) Tap was always my favourite and I get that passion from Miss Vanessa. When I was 19 I joined Tap Attack to continue my Tap training and competed in the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany gaining a bronze medal in our Formation routine.
When Taylor is home in between professional jobs, she is part of our teaching team at VSD.
In 2017 Alisha graduated from Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama with a professional Musical theatre diploma.
Whilst training at MADD, Alisha gained a Freestyle Dance Association teaching qualification, teaching and passing on her knowledge from the industry is something that she is very passionate about.
Alishas professional credits include:
2019, DANCER, House of Illusion, Spain
2018, DANCER, show girl, Cristal Bar, Morocco
2018, DANCER, Music Video, Maliq Rudez.
2018, DANCER, Music Video, Savanna Darnell
2017, DANCER, Aditya Birla Awards, Mumbai India
2017, DANCER, Pioneer Awards Ceremony, RED ICE
2017-2018, ACTRESS/DANCER-Lucy, Giant, Daisy (Cow) Jack and the bean stalk Pantomime
2021,EXTRA, Emmerdale, Nemesis
2021, EXTRA, Hollyoaks, Nemesis
2021, EXTRA, Coronation street, Nemesis
2020, DANCER, Marjan Television Network, Gruff Williams
2019, DANCER, Marjan Television Network, Gruff Williams
2019, DANCER, Bollywood Film, Georgina Caird
2018, ACTRESS, Snickers Advertisement
2018, EXTRA, Vitality health Advertisement
2018, DANCER, Fashion Show, Living the Dream
2018, DANCER/MODEL, Girls night out Event
2018, MODEL, Jay Midge Music Video,Marbella
2018, ACTRESS, Kid Creole and the Coconuts
2017, DANCER/MODEL, Amishi Fashion show, Cherelle Jay
2017, MODEL, Photoshoot, John Pye Auctions, Faye Rollinson