Ms. Jessica is very excited to be a part of the Leesburg Dance Centre faculty as a Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre instructor! She originally began her dance education with Evelyn Gardell of the Performing Arts Ensemble in Red Bank, NJ and went on to perform with their Ballet Company for 9 seasons at many Theatres including: The Tribecca Theatre of Performing Arts in NYC, The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, The Strand Theatre in Lakewood, NJ and several others. Ms. Jessica also studied Musical Theatre and Acting for many years with the Spring Lake Theatre of Performing Arts in Spring Lake, NJ. In 2009, Ms. Jessica auditioned for and was offered a position as a performer and parade dancer for The Walt Disney World Resort; she performed in various parades and shows for 4 years including: The Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, various Disney Character Events and various media roles and commercials. In 2010, she was offered a role with the Universal Orlando Resort and continued to perform as an actor and parade dancer there for 3 years. Her roles included: Grinchmas, Macy’s Holiday Parade, Mardi Gras Parade, and Halloween Horror Nights.
Ms. Jessica has been teaching dance since 2007, in 2013 she moved to teaching full-time. She is an award-winning competition dance Choreographer from many competition organizations including: Showstoppers, Earth Shakers, Turn It Up, Legacy Talent, Inspire, and various Star Alliance organizations. She is also the Director and Choreographer of Living Water Dance Company, a Contemporary Christian dance ministry and professional performance company in Orlando, FL.
Ms. Jessica believes in hard work, passion, creativity, and storytelling when it comes to dance. She always encourages her students to try new things, experiment with movement, and strengthen themselves with proper technique. This is her first year with Leesburg Dance Centre and she is excited to work with all of their amazing students!