Verneal loves dancing, teaching, and is following her dream while sharing her love of dance with others. Verneal has been teaching dance for 12 years. She is Owner/Director of Vdanse Academy. Teaching students from the age of 20 months through adults. She teaches everything from Competition Teams, Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, International Latin Ballroom, Social Ballroom Dance, Latin Club Dance, and Latin Fitness. Accommodating requests for Dance Teams, Audition Choreography, Competitive Groups/Soloists, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday parties , Social Dance Parties, Theatre/Musical Productions, as well as special events and specific requests.
Verneal grew up in New Mexico and was introduced to the art of dance at the age of 2. While enrolled in Cassidy's Sundance Studio she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Gymnastics. Throughout her childhood she continued dancing a variety of styles with multiple dance teams performing in shows and competitions.
After graduating high school Verneal decided to pursue her dance career and attend the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance. It was there that she studied under Karen Stokes, Teresa Chapman, Becky Valls, Jeanne Doornbos, and Naomi Glass of Houston Ballet. Styles and techniques such as Advanced Technique and Theory, Ballet, Ballroom, Jazz, Contemporary, African, Hawaiian, Indian, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Pilates, Yoga, intro to Laban movement, Dance History ,and Theatre to name a few.
While attending U of H Verneal had the opportunity to work with a variety of guest artists including Dominic Walsh and company, Pilobolus dance company, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Suchu Dance, and Psophonia Dance, are some of the guest artists that were part of the training program.
While attending college Verneal also attended open classes at Hopestone Dance and decided to venture into Ballroom Dance. She landed at Kings Dancing Centre where she trained primarily in International Latin Ballroom as well as other ballroom styles. Verneal was trained by Barbara King owner of Kings Dancing Center for over 20 years, Billy King who teaches and competes in Latin and American Smooth, and Kevin King who is trained in all Ballroom styles and earned the rank of Top 24 in the World in the Amateur International Latin division, and trains amateur and professional dancers alike. While having the blessing to have such great coaches on a daily basis, she also had the opportunity to work with and be exposed many other ballroom coaches. Including Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Corky Ballas just to name a few.
During her dancing career she danced with her partner Stefan Golubovic who is ranked a Jr Champion of Montenegro. As well as danced with companies including Barbara King Dance Company, Guaguanco Dance company, and as a free lance dancer being hired for many productions. Performing in various shows including Latin Grammy Awards 2008, Galas and Charity events, as well as many Dance Houston productions. Additional performances included Miller Outdoor Theatre, Ms. Houston, and Ms. Teen Texas pageants. She also performed multiple times at the Texas Salsa Congress. Verneal choreographed theatre productions including a Fosse inspired segment in a choir production held at Jones Hall in affiliation with Barbara King. Head choreographer for the production of Pippin for Houston Community College. Verneal continues to live with passion and share the love of dance with everyone.
Through being a performer and constantly being surrounded by Makeup Artists Verneal developed a passion for this art. While Learning techniques from makeup artists, and having to always apply makeup on herself as well as others , she fell into becoming a free lance makeup artist. Multiple Ballroom competitions contract Verneal for Hair/Makeup services. She also works with photographer Nikki Guest (http://www.nikkiguest.com) where she does hair/makeup for photo shoot sessions. Verneal also works with Brides, Prom/Homecoming clients, as well as special occasion Glam sessions. Verneal has been working as a Texas based free lance Makeup Artist for 4 years.