Vanessa D.

Education

Circle In the Square Theater Conservatory
Certificate in Musical Theater
Yogaworks Teacher Training
200 Hour Certification

Childcare Experience

Babysitter
New York, NY, and East Haddam, CT, 4/14 -Present
Girl, age 5-6

Part-Time Yoga/Dance Teacher
East Haddam, CT, 04/14 - 06/14
15-50 children, ages 11-17

Camp Counselor
New York, NY, 06/10 - 08/10
30 kids, ages 5-13

Founder and Part-Time Dance Teacher
Various cities in Vermont, 01/00- 12/04
10-25 kids, ages 6-12

Summer Nanny
Middlebury, VT, 06/02-08/02 and 06/03-08/03
6-8 kids, ages 5-9

Au Pair
Avignon, France, 06/01 - 08/01
1 boy, 15-months-old

Professional Experience

Actress in "Damn Yankees"
East Haddam, CT, 03/14-06/14

Actress in "Hairspray"
Phoenix, Arizona, 09/13-11/13

Actress in "Precipice"
San Francisco, CA, 08/13

Actress in "Catch Me if you Can" National Tour
Cities across the US, 09/12-06/13

Actress in "Really Bad Things"
New York, NY, 07/12

About Me

I’ve been babysitting since I was a young teenager; my time with children has helped shaped me into the person I am today. The innate curiosity about the world that they possess fascinates me. I still have it myself and I take full advantage of every opportunity to nurture it in kids. It gives me such pleasure to help kids brainstorm fun, creative activities to fill their free time. I’ll take any excuse I can get to play in a sand box.

In addition to babysitting, I teach theater, music, dance, and yoga to kids (ages 5-18). I was lucky to be exposed to these things at a young age. I got bit by the performing bug and it changed my life for the better. Now, it is a joy for me to give back and to share my knowledge and talent with children. I really believe the arts have the ability to change lives and I take great pride in teaching them to kids. When I’m not babysitting or teaching, I enjoy exploring NYC, creating new works, spending quality time with friends and family, cooking, swimming, working out…and spoiling my little kitten, Roo.

I have professional childcare experience with…

Infants, Toddlers, Pre-school aged children, Elementary school aged children, Middle school aged children, Multiples

I will be SmartSitting while…

Auditioning for acting gigs, taking dance classes, and practicing yoga.

In 5 years, I hope to be…

Continuing to work as a professional actor while growing in my role as a yoga instructor. Within the next 10 years, I'd like to start a family of my own.

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children…

Yoga, music, dance, theater, making up stories, reading, doing puzzles, drawing and exploring the city, or taking advantage of free activities for kids offered in parks and museums.