VANS0126(INTERNET)SmallVanessa Shields is a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator who loves to teach. With a degree in Education, Vanessa has been teaching and competing professionally in dance for over 13 years. She specializes in Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Solo-Jazz, and Blues Dancing, and also enjoys teaching the basics of other partnered dances such as Salsa and Two-Step. Vanessa is based in Austin, TX and can be found around town teaching classes, private lessons, and working with couples in preparation for their wedding dance.

Vanessa enjoys working with students of all levels, and seems to have a special knack for working with beginners. Her students say that she is patient, fun to be around, and is an outstanding teacher.


Vanessa performs regularly in a four woman jazz troupe called, The Hot Damn Damsels. Here the Damsels are featured in The Parish Festival’s music video!


Here is Vanessa’s 1st Place Blues Dancing competition at Lindyfest in 2013. This was a social dancing contest, it was not choreographed. 

Vanessa’s recent competition credits include:
2nd Place All-Star Jack and Jill – Lindyfest 2015
1st Place All-Star Strictly Lindy – Lindyfest 2014
2ndPlace All-Star Jack and Jill – Lindyfest 2014
1st Place Blues – Lindyfest 2013
1stPlace All-Star Jack and Jill – Lindyfest 2013
2nd Place All-Star Strictly Lindy – Lindyfest 2013