About: the site and the author

Jess at age 8

Bodies Never Lie began as a writing practice on dance history, education, and its role both on and off the stage.  It is currently a place to find information on the on-goings of the dance world- universally and in St. Louis, as well as other art forms that I find delightful- literature and poetry, visual arts, and fashion. There is (in my opinion) a lack of journalism that is both informative and entertaining surrounding the arts. And we all know how the arts are underappreciated and misunderstood. Just ask any emo boy band.

A little about the author: Jess is first and foremost a lover of dance, particularly classical ballet. She comes from an artistic family that luckily supported her arts education from the age of three when she began ballet in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. She trained predominantly at Alexandra School of Ballet during the school year and spent summers with Pennsylvania Ballet, White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, Ballet Austin, and Boston Ballet- to name a few. She was selected from Ms. A’s as the representative of the company for the Regional Dance America Midwest conference honors company which led to her first trip to Interlochen Arts Academy, the first Arts Boarding School in the Country. Choreography was set on the honors company by Sharon Randolph, the then-director of the Dance Department at the school. Jess then applied and was admitted on scholarship for the following school year. Life went for a turn that summer (2001) while studying with Boston Ballet and Jess discovered she was type one diabetic. The first thing she remembers doctors saying is ‘you might have to find a different hobby’.

The wonders of science have allowed Jess to pursue her dreams, training and performing with companies and schools across the globe- St. Petersburg, Russia, Canada, New Jersey, Kentucky, and New York. She has 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. Jess earned a BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University in 2008.

Hobbies do NOT include: gardening (hate it!) technology (don’t understand it) and cooking (burn it). She does like: to draw, paint, write, read, and people watch. Her favorite color is green- the shade of envy (of which she has plenty) and money (of which she has little).

Thank you very much for visiting the site.

Good Health and Happiness to All!

14 thoughts on “About: the site and the author

  1. Hi, we just started a new blog on tango history…each day we post an event that
    happened that day in tango history…it can be the birth of a famous singer,
    composer of poet, the debut of a film or the recording of a famous tango song…
    you can even search tango principles according to their sun sign

    Can you help spread the word by letting your students know about it or placing
    a link on your blog…there is no advertising or money involved…we’re
    not selling anything, we simply love tango and in particular tango history…we
    welcome any suggestions…..

    If you come to Rome, please let us know…we would be glad to welcome you
    and show you around; my wife and I love meeting and being with people…thanks, have a
    nice day…well here is the link http://todayintango.wordpress.com/

    Oscar Wright and Maria Teresa Ruocco
    66 via ovidio
    00195 Rome, italy
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  2. Jess – Thank you for linking to my review of MBT’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Yes, I wish I could have seen Ms. Lydia Phillips dance the role as well, but alas, I could not. I find your writing insightful and fun. I loved your observation on the costumes of like color winding up together. Ha. I must pay closer attention in the future!

    From one Ballet lover to another…

    All the Best!

    Christopher Reilly

    P.S. We must say hello the next time we are at the same performance.

  3. I found this through your comments on the “Street :Photography” Blog which I read regularly. It’s unusual for me and a bit of a revelation since I almost always read technology stuff, but have always loved photography and music. I’ll have to say that I’ve enjoyed it immensely and will endeavor to make it regular reading.

    I teach World History, Economics, Psychology & Sociology to High School, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.

    • Hi Stanley! Thanks for the kind words and I’m so glad that you both stumbled upon my blog and found it enjoyable. The internet is such an amazing web of intrigue- I was just talking to a friend about this weird ‘Steve Buscemey’s Eyes added onto attractive girl bodies’ site. The things people do with their spare time, hu?

  4. Hello-

    My name is Ashley David and I’m an intern at 4dancers.org. I’m reaching out in hopes that you would be willing to add a link to our blog on your site. We’d be happy to do the same for you.

    My email is adavid17@terpmail.umd.edu if you would like to follow up from this comment. Please let me know if this possible- and thanks for your time!


    Ashley David
    Intern, 4dancers.org
    Please join us on Twitter and Facebook

  5. Hi Jess. We’ve loved your blog for a while and want to say thanks for all the awesome stories and posts!

    We are a very small company, just launched, selling fashion dancewear and based in London. We would just like to leave a link to our website and our own blog (which we talk about dance, fashion, culture, anything!) in case you had time to have a quick look at all!


    Cheers for your time!
    London Dancewear team

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