• Graduated from Smith College, Northampton, MA, 1989 with honors
  • Cum Laude, and member of the honor society of Phi Beta Kappa 
  • Former professional ballerina & ballet coach
  • Creator of Menstrala & Monthmatics
  • Loves the company of dogs and is Anthem's Pet Sitter & Photographer

 Performance Years: 1967-1983

Born in August 1967, I began classical ballet at age five. By age 10, I was dancing en pointe (on my toes), performing the role of Young Christina (played by Susan Lucci) on the popular televsion soap opera at that time, All My Children.


I attended the American Ballet Theatre School in New York City on an awarded full-time scholarship in 1978, where I had my formal training until the age of 15 in 1982.


In Spring of 1983, I was invited to become the youngest corp de ballet member of the Zurich Ballet, dancing on American tour under the artistic directorship of Rudolf Nureyev and performing on world class stages, such as the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.


Explorative Years: 1984-1999

A chronic injury killed my dance career, so I attended Harvard Summer School before entering Smith College, where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, majoring in Architecture and minoring in Music Theory in 1989.


I worked in an architecture firm in NYC for 2 years, before moving to Europe in 1991. As an American ex-pat, I lived in Amsterdam & Paris until December 1999. While living abroad, I visited Neolithic archaeological sites, the oldest and most mysterious site being the Hypogeum in Gozo, Malta and the most heavenly place being Santorini, the island in Greece. 


Formative Years: 2000-2004 

On the eve of the millennium, I left Europe to live in San Francisco. By 2001, I finished the requirements for my Master's Degree in Women's Spirituality from New College of California in San Francisco. 


My qualitative study for my community service practicum became the foundation for my later work, Monthmatics. Between 2000-2003 I published one of the first online blogs that presented my 88 paintings, called Menstrala, which has become the name of a global art movement whose medium is the message.

Corporate Career: 2005-2009 

Throughout much of my life, I have worked in teams, starting at Grey Advertising in NYC, to becoming an event coordinator at Sony Europa in Amsterdam, a recruiter in a law firm, a manager for the monthly renewal process in a D&O insurance firm, and, from 2005-09 a Senior Executive Assistant at Booz Allen Hamilton in San Francisco. 

Solopreneur: 2009-Present 

Becaming a widow in 2013 by my beloved life-partner, who was an incredible horse-whisperer, has inspired me to be the solopreneur I am today, and to aspire to becoming an entrepreneurial modern renaissance woman of tomorrow.


After leaving the San Francisco Bay Area for Anthem, I established Anthem's Pet Sitter in 2015 to serve my community through my love for the company of dogs.


I also remain available to mentor young ballet dancers on classical ballet technique and artistry, ballet being my first love, which inspired all that I do today.


Live, love, play.

Vanessa Tiegs, MA

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