Dance Educator/Director/Owner BIO (Brian Jones)
Vanessa started ballet and tap classes at age three. After her family relocated to North Carolina, she later progressing to jazz, pointe, African and liturgical and attending various institutions in New York and North Carolina including NC School of the Arts. At age 13 she started assistant teaching/choreographing and by age 16 was teaching/choreographing and, performing in several projects such as pageant, concerts, and live performances.
Though Vanessa was learning various styles of dance that would one day lead her to her destiny, there were two other influences that brought out a natural talent: reggae and hip hop. Vanessa’s father being from St. Mary Jamaica , introduced her to several different reggae artist. While her brother, just like most eighties era New York teenagers was very much into break dancing and battling. Like a sponge Vanessa quickly ,yet secretly soaked it all up. Mixing her formal training with her love for Hip Hop and Dancehall and created a dance style of her own. She spent most of her high school years showing off her talent for peers, teachers, performances, and to anyone who would watch. Though it wasn’t until her adult years where she found joy in dance battling, mostly males. She quickly became known as “That Dancer” up and down the east coast of North Carolina.
Believing in her God given talent, Vanessa relocated to Atlanta, Ga. Where she participated in countless dance auditions and submerged herself in the dance world until she began to receive financial recognition for her talent. Within a few years she was blessed to works with the likes of several musical artist and performances such as R. Kelly, Bobby Valintino, Fantasia and the 2010 Soul Train Music Awards.
Terence V. Steele, Jr. was born in Miami, Florida on Homestead Air Force Base. His father (Terence Steele Sr.) served in the air force and his mother (Patricia Smiley-Harmon) was a local athlete with a fiery personality. Steele moved around a lot as a child (between both parents), living in Indiana, Alaska, Arizona, and finally Decatur, Georgia where he grew up and spent most of his life.As a child, Steele was a class clown. Often getting into trouble for making jokes or just talking. As he grew older, he became much more disciplined; making the honor roll regularly and lettered in 3 sports. He was also the editor of his high school newspaper, where he first found his passion for writing and journalism.
Steele studied journalism at the University of Georgia (UGA), where he also obtained a minor in drama. He found his passion for drama at UGA performing with the Black Theatrical Ensemble in most of their productions while he was there. Steele also produced his first short film at UGA in 1999.
After college, Steele attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for graduate school and studied film production. He produced 2 more short films there and acted in 3 other shorts.
In 2009 he worked with filmmaker Kewin Muhammad of Prime Factor Films in Atlanta. Steele joined Prime Factor Films' team and helped them produce 2 feature films: "The List" and "Checkmate". A few years later Steele ventured out on his own and stared his film production company: New Urban Cinema, LLC. His recent film is the romantic comedy "Atlanta to New York".
Mr. Steele has 4 feature film projects in development for production in 2014 and 2015.