Today, I work privately with ballet dancers who are developing their artistry, mastering their technique and seeking an impressive portfolio for their auditions.

Performing and rehearsing the Pas de Deux Oasis, at age 14.

Practice. Passion. Experience.

Before I turned age 16, in 1983, I was performing on world-class stages: the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

I danced under the artistic directorship of the legendary artist, Rudolf Nureyev.

Vanessa Tiegs at age 13 rehearsing in a practice tutu as a scholarship student of The American Ballet Theatre School in New York City in 1980.
Privately coaching a young ballet dancer.


My performance career began on the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in 1978 as one of the children from The American Ballet Theatre School. By age 15, I became the youngest corps de ballet dancer of the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland. I performed under the artistic direction of Rudolf Nureyev during three of his American tours. Today, I have more than 20 years of experience coaching young ballet students.



As an artistic mentor, my service is to cultivate artistry. 

Dancing classical ballet involves pairing refinement and passion.

Elongated balances, lines of musicality, and perfect body alignment all combine to make dancing appear effortless and graceful.

Executing multiple pirouettes on pointe both ways entails learning a special disciplined technique.

Mindfulness of form is a continual practice of self-awareness.

Mindfulness of energy extending beyond the body is also a continual practice of self-awareness.

To be or not to be ethereal... that is the question.

Artistry is a cultivated interpretation of the underlying autobiomythology found in the natal horoscope.

Talent can grow out of any numerous clusters of energy found in the natal horoscope.

I also am a photographer and create professional portfolios for my students. This is an example of a portfolio I created for a dancer who was accepted into the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.

Vanessa is a true artist. As a former professional ballerina, she has an eye for detail and an instinctive sense of composition, elegance, and energy.  My daughter had a photo shoot with her for her ballet auditions, and we were thrilled with the outcome. Working with her was wonderful, from the start to the finish. I look forward to Vanessa expanding my daughter's ballet portfolio. 

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