Jessica Lewis is a choreographer, dance educator, and modern dancer born and raised in New York City. Jessica began dancing when she was 2 years old. She began to choreograph at the age of 5. Her work has appeared in many major dance, theater, and film festivals throughout the New York area.
Jessica is currently a Master's Degree Candidate in Dance Education at Hunter College's Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program and teaches throughout the New York area (all ages) in modern dance, choreography, creative movement, gymnastics, and tumbling, as well as teaching health education and P.E.
By the age of twelve Jessica was a junior member, of Andrew Jannetti & Dancers. At sixteen, she became the youngest dancer and choreographer in the company. She is still an active member of the company, spearheading new projects with Artistic Director, Andrew Jannetti.
She studied at New York University’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study; concentrating in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies Through a Cinematic Lens. There she focused on choreography and generative artistry through teaching. She also developed her own technique of choreography: “emotional character trajectory” work. Ms. Lewis creates storyline and character (in a non-linear, non-literal sense) through this combination of her theatrical training and choreographic artistry. Jessica's extensive training in theater, film, writing, and music has a deep impact on her work as both a creator and educator. She constantly weaves interdiciplinarity into her own artistic work and her educational approach.
Jessica attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts. She was a member of the 92nd Street Y "Young Master's Company," and has performed with the Anna Sokolow Theater Dance Ensemble. Jessica is also a member of LatticeWorks Dance Collective under the supervision of Artistic Director, Rebecca Allen.
Jessica has studied with the Joffrey Ballet School, Ellen Robbins, Dancewave Inc., Alvin Aliey School of Dance, The Martha Graham Studio, Merce Cunningham Studio, Jessica Nicoll, Diane Jacobowitz, Jeanette Stoner, Kathy Posin, Jay T. Jenkins, Tara Summerville, Jeanette Panetta, Martha Chapman, Diane McCarthy, Laurie Devito, Katiti King, Lynn Simonson, Benny Simon, Chris Heller, Te Perez, Kathleen Isaac, David Capps, Maura Donohue, and Jim May.
Jessica Lewis, MA Candidate (Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, Hunter College) is an NYC based dance educator, choreographer, dancer, and producer. She has performed and choreographed at DTW, 92nd Street Y, BAX, DUMBO Dance Festival, CoolNY, The Duke, Hunter College, NYU, IRT, DanceWave, Cunningham, Westfest and throughout the New York area, with Andrew Jannetti and Dancers and Jessica Lewis Arts (Founder and Artistic Director). Jessica is the NDEO Student Representative and Chapter President for the National Honors Society for Dance Arts at Hunter College. Grants: NYSDEA, AGDEP, Bronfman Center, and NYU. Jessica has taught dance, theater, and music in NYC for the past 7 years. Jessica teaches dance at the International School of Brooklyn and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) jessicalewisarts.com
Andrew Jannetti (Senior Company Member, Artistic Advisor) based in NYC, has had a distinguished career as a choreographer, dancer, educator, fitness instructor, and producer for the past 30 years. He has presented work at DTW, St. Marks’s, 92nd Street Y, Alvin Ailey, The Duke, DIA, BAX, Cunningham, DUMBO Dance Festival, CoolNY, ADG Festival, NY International Dance Festival, and venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. He’s received grants from NYSCA, NJSCA, MCAF, Meet The Composers, the Field, Harkness, as well as a BAXten and a PASEtter award for his work with NYC youth. He currently works for the NYC Department of Education, BAX and MPHC. andrewjannettianddancers.org
Kristin Dowdy (Dancer) is dancer, teacher, and choreographer from St. Louis, MO and currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Ball State University in 2014 with a BFA in Dance Performance, a minor in business, and degree from the Honors College. She was a member of Ball State Dance Theatre for three semesters and worked on numerous projects in the department. Kristin taught dance at Camp Wicosuta for girls over the past two summers. Currently, Kristin is teaching dance and gymnastics in Brooklyn, NY and dancing with Jessica Lewis Arts. Some of Kristin’s past company credits include works with Motus Dance Theatre and =ibrium Dance Project. Ms. Dowdy has also done intern work for Parsons Dance since moving to the Big Apple. For more see: wwww.kristindowdy.com
Gina Marie Borden is a recent graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, where she majored in dance and completed a program in women’s leadership. Her senior piece was a solo created collaboratively with former Trisha Brown Dance Company member Mariah Maloney. She has performed in works by Susan Rethorst, Beth Gill, and Lance Gries at New York Live Arts, and in a work by Jon Kinzel at Miller Theater. Borden choreographed Columbia University’s 119th Annual Varsity Show, performed a solo in GROUNDPLAN at La Plaza Cultural, and created work for Fete de l’Hurricane at Red Bean Studios. Other performance credits include Ferrum by Carte Blanche Performance. Borden studied in Paris under the direction of Michael Foley and Colleen Thomas in June 2012. Borden attended Amalgamate Dance Company’s BREAK OUT dance program in Italy, where she performed in works by Alana Marie Urda and Jessica Taylor. Most recently, she was cast as a part of Amalgamate Dance Company’s Guest Artist Showcase 6 in a work by Bryan Strimpel.
Nadia Hannan is a dancer, choreographer, and arts administrator. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. in Performance Studies in May 2014. Born and raised in New York City, Nadia trained primarily at the 92nd Street Y where she was a member of the Harkness Repertory Ensemble, a teen performing group under the direction of Ryan Corriston. Upon entering Brown she joined Dance Extension, Brown’s modern repertory company, directed by Julie Strandberg. While there, she had the opportunity to learn works from artists such as Merce Cunningham, RAWdance, Olase Freeman, Mark Morris and Wendy Jehlen, as well as develop and present her own choreography. Nadia currently works with the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) and Dancing Legacy, ADLI’s performing and teaching ensemble.She has spent the last few summers working as an Administrative Assistant and Assistant to the Artistic Directors at the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance and currently works as the Education Assistant at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Park Slope.
Eveline Kleinjans is a dancer and dance educator from the Netherlands. She got her BA in Dance in Education with a minor in General Arts Education in 2012. She started dancing at the age of 5 (improvisation based dance and jazz). During high school she choreographed for the musical "Foxtrot" by Annie M.G. Schmidt that was performed in 2006. While in the Netherlands she performed in pieces by Caurena Bernabela, Sanne van der Put and Lorenzo Borella. She taught classes in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet and has choreographed all different ages and levels.After graduating for her dance degree in 2012 she received a scholarship from the VSB fund to study Simonson Technique in New York City. She started in September 2012 as a VISA student at Dance New Amsterdam and after their closing in October 2013 she resumed her program at Steps on Broadway. Since she moved to New York she performed in works by Diane McCarthy, Katiti King, Laurie DeVito, Akiko Tomikawa, Mei Yamanaka, Andrew Jannetti, Jana Hicks and Marijke Eliasberg.
From a very early age, Ela Ray Zawadzki has revered female Jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, Nora Jones and Cassandra Wilson. At fourteen she aspires to develop her voice down into a deeper, smokier, bar room range. A trilingual high school student at the Grace Church School, she has studied both French and Spanish, both modern dance and ballet, and saxophone. Ela Ray is an accomplished actress, singer, dancer, photographer, and creator of new works. She is a founding member of the Jessica Lewis Arts Junior Company.
Kevin Clark-Ryan (Media and Film Director) Born and raised in Bradenton, FL, Kevin Clark-Ryan later graduated from NYU's Tisch Film School. His music videos have been featured on Emmy® winning TV shows, and his award-winning short narratives have screened at festivals across the country. He was grateful for the chance to direct a two-time Academy Award® Nominee in one such short. He currently directs and edits all video content for Jessica Lewis Arts, and collaborates with photographers on various projects for the company. He continues to work as a freelance writer, director, and editor. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY but soon to be based in LA. http://www.kevinclarkryan.com
Tom Haynes (http://www.tomhaynesstudio.com/) The majority of the photography done for Jessica Lewis Arts is done by Photographer Tom Haynes.
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