Vanessa Agle Isaac
Executive and Artistic Director
Brazilian performer Vanessa Agle Isaac is an actress, dancer, choreographer, dance instructor, and writer. She shares her passion with the world through many mediums. Vanessa's choreography reflects her background and finds inspiration in her homeland, Brazil. In her work she fuses modern contemporary dance with Samba and Brazilian rhythms.
Vanessa Isaac has worked with many celebrated musicians over the years including instrumentalists Randy Tico (Kenny Loggins, Jeff Bridges, Flora Purim), Jeff Elliot and Kevin Winard (Sergio Mendes), Brazilian singer Teka and many others. Vanessa was the choreographer for the music of Paris Psaros: "Raoni, Um Tango a Brasiliera" performed at UCSB's Lotte Lehmann Hall with acclaimed Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira. She has also collaborated for her Samba Parade performances with renown aerialists/acrobats Autumn Phillips, Danilo Lamboas and Alfred Kendrick... artists that have collectively worked with Cirque du Soleil, and shared the stage with singers Will.I Am, Rihanna and Shakira to name a few.
Vanessa's Samba Company has performed live at Bacara for private events, the Coral Cassino for the Heal the Ocean Organization, the Brazilian Day in San Diego, the Maritime Museum, the Island View Nursery for Chocolate de Vine, Zoofari at the Santa Barbara Zoo, the LA Jazz Festival and many other events.
Vanessa has taught dance in Europe, USA and Brazil and has been a guest choreographer for many theater productions. She first studied dance with the renowned Quasar Company in Brazil and went on to study many styles of dance including Brazilian popular dances, contemporary, modern, ballet, hip hop, West African, Afro-Brazilian and Capoeira.
Vanessa teaches dance classes in Samba and Brazilian Contemporary Dance and has been a guest teacher at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), The University of California Santa Barbara, Gustafson Dance (The official School of State Street Ballet), Group Capoeira Brasil, Group Capoeira Sul da Bahia and Fusion Dance Company. She has also been a recipient of two grants by the Santa Barbara Arts Commission.
Vanessa has inspired thousands and has created a rapidly growing worldwide following. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications such as Dance Spirit, InStyle, Shape, Fitness, Women’s Health and Fitness, Weight Watchers, Sweat Magazine and many others. Her Brazilian Dance DVD has sold over one million copies worldwide and was voted one of the top ten DVDs of the year by Fitness and Women’s Health & Fitness Magazine. Vanessa was nominated for the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award in the Dance category. The Santa Barbara Magazine chose her as one of the “Most Intriguing People Worth Getting to Know” for her cultural contributions to the city.
In addition to creating, performing and writing, Vanessa enjoys traveling, cooking and producing. Currently she is working on many dance projects that are in development.