Vanessa Hylande dance

Dance Performance

THE MAGIC FLUTE    Puppeteer/Julie Taymor   Metropolitan Opera, NYC

AIDA Ballet/Egyptian woman    Metropolitan Opera, NYC

SAMSON AND DELILAH Ballet/Troglodyte Metropolitan Opera, NYC

TANNHAUSER Ballet/Vision Metropolitan Opera, NYC

TURANDOT Ballet/Turandot Attendant  Metropolitan Opera, NYC

FAUST   Ballet/Carnival dancer  Metropolitan Opera, NYC

MEISTERSINGER   Ballet/Townsperson    Metropolitan Opera, NYC

MADAME BUTTERFLY   Ballet  Metropolitan Opera, NYC

ROMEO AND JULIET   Ballet  Metropolitan Opera, NYC

AUDIO SUITE    Lamae Caparas – “Lily”  Collective Unconscious

BALLET BUILDERS     Salim Gauwloos: Two Steps Ahead  Florence Gould, NYC

DANCEBREAK   Salim Gauwloos: Tarzan   SCDF/Geof. Cohen, NYC

BALLET BUILDERS     Salim Gauwloos: Pangea  Florence Gould, NYC

JOURNEY OF INCOMING SOULS Salim Gauwloos  Ballet Arts, NYC

TEARS OF STONE    Nina Buisson    BDC Showcase, NYC

SANTA BARBARA DANCE THEATER  Company Member   Principal Dancer

OYA! BY TONIA SHIMIN Santa Barbara Art Festival, CA Soloist


AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FEST Bebe Miller, Joe Goode Soloist

GALA DE DANSE Conservatoire de Garches Soloist 


Musical Theater:

SHOWBOAT Chorus /Soprano  Santa Barb. Light Opera

OKLAHOMA   Chorus/Soprano Pismo Light. Opera

THE SOUND OF MUSIC  Liesel  Pismo Light Opera





THE GYPSY CARAVAN StageGarden Valle de Bravo, México

THE GYPSY CARAVAN StageGarden Playa del Carmen, México

TEE OM GREE Khorikos Church of St. Anthony, NYC



EMBODIED GODDESSES Goddess Dance Retreat Lago d’Orta, Italy

MATSYA YOGA Vinyasa/Goddess Yoga Vienna, Austria

XCARET DANCE COMPANY Contemporary Ballet/Modern Playa del Carmen, Mexico

CITY CONSERVATORY Children’s Movement New York, New York


Film & Television

RUNWAY MOMS Lead/Model Mom Discovery Health

PROMENADE Lead/Anabelle Columbia University MFA Film

EDEN IN THE DISTANCE  Featured Xtra Columbia University MFA Film



Dance Training and Education:

Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor, Edward Ellison Ballet NYC; University of California at Santa Barbara (BA Dance); American College Dance Festival; Conservatoire Municipal de Garches/St. Cloud, Idyllwild School of the Performing Arts, Academy of Ballet San Francisco; Boston Ballet Summer Intensive



Karlskirche, Wien:

      Bruckner – Windhaagermesse

      Michael Haydn Missa a 3 voci col ́ organo

      Caldara Messe in G

      Charpentier Veni Creator Spiritus

      Charles Gounod Messe brève Nr. 7

      Camille Saint-Saëns Panis angelicus

Vanessa Hylande Moon Palace Cancun
vanessa hylande snake charmer

Carnegie Hall – DCINY, “A Breath of Fresh Air”

The Diamond Horseshoe, PS 122 Gala 2014 – Andrew Ondrejcak, Helga Davis, Shara Worden

Early Music at St. James, Lancaster PA – Machaut, Josquin, Palestrina

Latin American Cultural Week Littlefield, Brooklyn – Premiere “Cantos de vida nueva,” Javier Farias

Prelude Festival NYC, Elebash Recital Hall – “The Kings of Macedonia,” Andrew Ondrejcak, Helga Davis, Shara Worden

Roulette, NYC – “King Lavra,” Jan Jirasek

Bohemian National Hall, NYC “King Lavra,” Jan Jirasek

Merkin Concert Hall , NYC – “The Geography of Loss,” Robert Carl

Choral Society of the Hamptons “Pie Jesu,” Andrew Lloyd Weber soprano soloist

Battle of the Boroughs, WQXR/WNYC, Jerome L Greene Space

Solo vocal performances:

Sumi Patris                Pérotin                                  Church of the Blessed Sacrament

Rose, liz                      Guillaume de Machaut      Shrine Church of St. Anthony

Via Crucis                   Franz Liszt                           Church of the Blessed Sacrament

Fear, No                      Robert Carl                          Shrine Church of St. Anthony

O Mentes Perfidas    Jaakko Mantyarvi               St. Ignatius of Antioch

Ave  Maria                 David V. Montoya                St. Ignatius of Antioch

Tee Om Gree             Vanessa Hylande                 Shrine Church of St. Anthony       

Stabat Mater             Pergolesi                                Svatovaklavsky Hudebni Fest. CZ

Inflammatus             Pergolesi                                Svatovaklavsky Hudebni Fest. CZ

Fac ut portem           Pergolesi                                Svatovaklavsky Hudebni Fest. CZ

Eja mater                  Pergolesi                                  Svatovaklavsky Hudebni Fest. CZ

Viderunt Omnes      Pérotin                                    Shrine Church of St. Anthony               

Other Choral Performances:

Vere Carmina, Shrine Church of St. Anthony

Angels and Demons, St. Ignatius of Antioch

Barclay Holiday Vocal Arts, Hotel Intercontinental, Barclay

Liszt 200th Birthday Celebration, Church of the Blessed Sacrament

Encountering An Illusion (World Prem), St. Anthony’s Shrine

A Melancholy Beauty, Avery Fisher Hall

A Melancholy Beauty, Wang Theater, Boston, MA

A Melancholy Beauty (World Premiere), The Kennedy Center, Wash. DC

Cantus Immortalis, St. Anthony’s Shrine

Rosa Mystica, St. Anthony’s Shrine

Musica Antica, St. Anthony’s Shrine

Modern Masters, St. Anthony’s Shrine

KHORIKOS in Munich, Himmelfahrtskirche, Munich

Svatovaklavsky Hudebni Festival,  Czech Republic Tour, CZ

Benefit Concert for Haiti, Church of the Advent Hope

Mozart Requiem, St. Anne’s Cathedral, Brooklyn

Christmas with KHORIKOS, U.N. German Consulate, NY, NY

Oya! Seuqence #2, Santa Barbara Art Festival     

Show Boat, Granada Theater, Santa Barbara, California

Oklahoma, Pismo Light Opera Theater     

Education and Training

Janet Steele, CUNY New York, NY, USA

Private Vocal Coaching – Jolle Greeneaf, Tenet, NYC, USA

Audition Workshop for Singers – Jane Seaman and Eddy Rabin, NYC, USA

University of California, Santa Barbara – Dept of Music (Mel Foster), California, USA

Conservatoire Municipal de Garches, St. Cloud, France

Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, California



(6/ 2021 – Present) Co-Founder Embodied Goddesses Online Embodiment Through the Arts Course

(6/2018 – Present) UPWORK – Grants and WordPress Content Writer

(5/2015 – 6/2016) CITY CONSERVATORY – a performing arts school for young children

  • Co-Founder and CEO: managed start-up and implementation of programs. Wrote curriculum, hired and trained teachers, secured partnership with New York City Sports Clubs to host programs. Handled all branding, marketing, student registrations, parent communications, scheduling, accounting, payroll and all day to day business.

(11/2010 – 6/2016) DORIAN ARTISTS CORP – an internationally touring a cappella ensemble, KHORIKOS

  • Executive Director: produced over 40 concerts in Manhattan and abroad including an international tour; developed a successful brand through creation of cutting edge marketing materials, use of social media and online tools; tripled audience attendance and ticket sales; made organization financially solvent through earned income opportunities; developed strategic partnerships which garnered invitations to perform at prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center, Kaufmann, The Jerome L. Greene Space; created the organization’s prominent online media presence by producing videos, audio CDs and collaborating with strategic partners. 

(6/2008 – 10/2010) HARLEMLIVE – an after-school youth media and journalism program serving at-risk teens

  • Executive Director: Transformed non-profit from a small volunteer endeavor to a fully funded, staffed organization; increased the organization’s revenue stream ten-fold; procured over $300,000 in grant funds; wrote and implemented first successful strategic plan; established first system for measuring impact; formalized the board of directors with committees and targeted initiatives; developed strategic partnerships with CNN, Thomson Reuters, AOL, Bloomberg, Ford and others. Established a significant presence in social media; re-designed the website to state of the art site.
  • Capacity Building Consultant: wrote first strategic plan, which successfully gave the organization clear direction and protocols; established major funders for the non-profit (Ford, Bloomberg); implemented the organization’s first CRM for development of its individual donor pool. 

(9/2004 – 6/2008) METROPOLITAN OPERA BALLET – a home for the world’s most creative and talented artists 

  • Ballet Dancer: performed in six seasons of the Metropolitan Opera, including but not limited to performances of Turandot, Aida, Magic Flute, Romeo and Juliette, Tannhauser, Samson and Dalilah, Faust, The Last Emperor, Meistersinger.  Also performed for live HD productions.

(09/2000 – 7/2002) COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher

  • Coordinator: Public Health and Bio-Terrorism sub-group

Dr. Margaret Ann Hamburg (Chair), General Charles Boyd (Project Director), Liaison to Washington D.C. Office

  • Terrorism Task Force Staff – Task Force on America’s Response to Terrorism

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke (Co-Chair), Secretary Carla A. Hill (Co-Chair)

  • Research Associate: Homeland Security, U.S. Policy in the Middle East, Aid and Reconstruction in Afghanistan
  • Research Associate: Africa Studies – Mahesh Kotecha, Structured Credit International (President); Visiting Fellows: Calvin Sims, New York Times; Guillermo Christiansen, (CIA)
  • Editorial Assistant: Foreign Affairs Magazine

issue related tasks, stand-in for assistant to the editor when on leave, assistant to internship coordinator



    • B.A. Degree With Honors in Political Science
    • B.A. Degree in Dance
    • International Relations Emphasis
    • German Minor
  • Honors Thesis: “Political Forgiveness: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa and Lustration in the Czech Republic


  • UCSB Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • UCSB Political Science Department’s Honors Program
  • Multiple Times on the Dean’s List for Scholastic Excellence
  • Studies at the Central European University: Budapest, Hungary

SPECIAL SKILLS WordPress, Divi, Canva, Video editing, Logic Pro X, Copyright and trademarking, LLC Formation, Website design and build, HTML, CSS, basic RoR, designed user experience for 5 websites, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Members Only, Salesforce, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, Joomla, Facebook, Twitter management.  Fluency and writing proficiency in German and French Language. 

“Vanessa’s work with the Council’s Terrorism Task Force has been excellent.  Our work has been quite challenging, and Vanessa has been more than up to the task.  She takes the initiative to identify and complete tasks on her own; aggressively solves issues before they become problems; is persistent in overcoming obstacles to completing tasks; proposes good solutions to new, problematic situations; and keeps me well informed on the status and progress of her many tasks.  I could not have requested a more competent, pleasant and efficient co-worker.” – Colonel Philip Rudder, USMC, Council on Foreign Relations