Originally from Timmins, Ontario, Jessica began her dance training at the age of four, in Tap and Ballet, and later in Jazz, at the Mick School of Dance. After graduating from high school, she attended the Ryerson University Dance Program where she studied under the artistic direction of Nadia Potts. From there, she pursued Musical Theatre training at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Under the guidance of working professional faculty members including George Randolph and Ron Singer, she graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre in December of 1999.
Throughout the years since Jessica’s arrival in Toronto, she has had the pleasure to meet and study with incredible tap dancers; the late Gregory Hines, Dianne Walker, Lane Alexander, Jason Samuels Smith, and Anita Feldman to name a few. Jessica was a member of the National Tap Dance Company of Canada for five years. On tour, the company travelled across Canada showcasing the works of Dora award-winning choreographer, William Orlowski; three shows included Oliver Button Is A Sissy, The Tin Soldier, and a choreographic collaboration, Feats of Feet. Jessica is currently a member of What’s On? TAP!, a Mississauga-based tap dance company under the artistic direction of Kim Chalovich.
Jessica also teaches at Swansea School of Dance and The Tap Dance Centre, Ontario’s premiere school for tap dance education. She has guest taught at the former Randolph Dance Theatre, the Sheridan Institute of Technology, the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, TDS Dance Space, Martha Hick’s School of Dance, Innovative Rhythm Dance Studio, Dance with Alana, The Swing and Tap Academy of Toronto, MBS Performing Arts Industry, and Dance Extreme. She also teaches a tap/rhythm dance class in Senior Kindergarten classrooms weekly, throughout the entire school year.
In February 2004, Jessica accepted the role of Interim Artistic Director of Dance Alive Productions, a workshop-focused dance producer. Later in November of 2004, Jessica presented Muskoka Dance Weekend 2004, at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario.
In 2007, Jessica headed back up to Northern Ontario to choreograph for Lock and Keynote Productions. Led by Founder and Musical Director, Shari Porter, the three week Musical Theatre workshop welcomed children from Cochrane, Timmins, and the surrounding area, and gave them the chance to sing, dance, and act in a professionally directed show. Jessica has choreographed a number of productions with DeGazon Music Studios; a school dedicated to teaching school-age children instrumental music and musical theatre by giving them experiences with professional directors, musicians, and choreographers. Works included Bye, Bye Birdie, The Sound of Music, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
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