Vanessa Thiessen has made her reputation in West Coast dance circles.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, she trained at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre and joined its company in 1995. While there, she performed lead roles in ballets such as Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Serenade. In 2003, she joined Smuin Ballet in San Francisco and performed numerous lead roles ballets created by Michael Smuin, its founder. As of 2010, Vanessa Thiessen was in her third season with ODC/Dance.