Hi everyone! My name is Jess. I’m a teaching artist with the New York City Ballet, the New York Department of Education, and a dance teacher in the private school sector here in the city. Welcome to Bodies Never Lie.
If you want to learn to dance or learn about dance, you’ve come to the right place.
- Reviews of dance performance in New York
- Dance Photography
- Information on Teaching, Performing, Neuroscience (fun brain!), and Well-being
- Interviews with artists
- Personalized gifts for dancers which I hand-illustrate
- All things that I can relate to dance (which, sorry, is pretty much everything. One track mind!).
A little about me:
I am first and foremost a lover of dance, particularly classical ballet. I started dancing when I was about three and can’t remember life before ballet. I can’t imagine life without dance- teaching it, creating it, painting it, writing about it- now.
I trained as a child at Alexandra School of Ballet in St. Louis and later attended Interlochen Arts Academy on scholarship. I spent summers with Pennsylvania Ballet, White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, Ballet Austin, and Boston Ballet- to name a few. I was selected as one of 12 representatives for the Regional Dance America Midwest conference honors company and was invited with the company to perform at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. When I was 15, studying with Boston Ballet, I discovered I am type one diabetic. The first thing I remember the doctors saying is ‘you might have to find a different hobby’.
The wonders of science, a lot of persistence, and support from my parents have allowed me to train and perform with companies and schools across the globe- St. Petersburg, Russia, Canada, New Jersey, Kentucky, and most recently, New York. I have been privileged to study with companies such as Parsons Dance Company, Pilobolus, Alvin Ailey, Giordano Jazz Company, and with Laura Glenn from the Juilliard School. I earned my BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University in 2008 and am finishing an MA in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt. I am currently certified as a Vaganova and American Ballet Theater teacher, trained in arts integrated curriculum through the Kennedy Center, and have taught internationally and within underserved populations such as senior citizens, special needs classrooms, and within clinics for addiction and eating disorders.
I believe that dance can bring joy, health, and benefit to everyone regardless of age, income, or opportunity as it has helped my life. I am passionate about creating opportunities, classes, and hopefully, funny or insightful blog posts, that bring a love of dance to others.
Thank you very much for visiting the site.
Good Health and Happiness to All!