Jessica Lewis Arts
Ya'el Tap Choreographer's Collective!
See Jessica Lewis (Artistic Director) perform her solo, "Harper," from her evening length work "Trajectory" (2011), featuring Andrew Jannetti (Artistic Adviser/Senior Company Member).
Location: Celebration of Whimsy (a theater, dance, and event venue on the Lower East side of Manhattan)
21 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
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.
Based out of New York City, Jessica Lewis Arts is a modern dance company focusing on historically based modern dance forms and integration with multimedia, interdisciplinary works, theater, and new choreographic endeavors. The company is a collaborative project which is lead by Artistic Director and Founder Jessica Lewis. Jessica Lewis collaborates with artists of various backgrounds both in dance and in other artistic fields. Jessica Lewis Arts is available for booking for performances, commissions, and special projects. Jessica Lewis Arts can be seen throughout New York City and the tri-state area in various performances, as well as self-produced performances. Jessica Lewis Arts is under the umbrella of Andrew Jannetti and Dancer's, and is a 5013 non-profit organization, with the mission of creating new and exciting works, and educating students of all ages, as well as exposing students to the creative process and performance.
Emilia Costa (Assistant Company Director) is a dancer living in New York since 2008. She has studied ballet, contemporary and modern dance at various studios in NYC including: Gibney Dance, Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance and at Joy of Motion in Washington D.C. She has performed original work by choreographers, Benny Simon, Andrew Jannetti, Max Stone, Jenna Riegel and the Palissimo dance company. She has also been featured in music videos for Suckers, Das Racist, Boy Crisis and Gary Wilson.
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
Nicholas Alexander Smith (Dancer) hales from the state of Indiana. He is a college graduate from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. Some of his accomplishments include being first runner up at Dance America’s National Competition in 2008 and choreographing the Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant for the past six years. He was a member of Ball State Dance Theatre for four years and has toured through Massachusetts at Jacob's Pillow, New Orleans and New York with Z3Movement Project. He has also taught dance classes of all ages and styles at TC Dance Academy of the Performing Arts in Indiana.
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.
Maxe Hinds, age 13, will be graduating eighth grade this year from the International School of Brooklyn and will start high school at The Dalton School in fall 2015. Since 2006, she has studied ballet, Horton, flamenco, and West African dance at the Alvin Ailey School. She is thrilled to begin her company training with Jess Lewis Arts and perform her first company piece with Ela Zawadzki, her dear friend and schoolmate of eight years.
Isabel Maria Mares is a New York based classically trained singer and performance artist. She has always been taken to musical and poetic expression, finding herself conveying her deepest feelings through song and lyric. She studied voice for six years at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and Manhattan School of Music. After working with opera singer, director, and Emmy Award winner, Catherine Malfitano, she decided she wanted to explore the more spiritual side of her art. Making the radical change to pursue Religious Studies at Hunter College, Isabel continued to perform throughout the city as a classical singer. While pursuing her academic interest in religion and music, she has performed in original productions at; The American Theater for Actors, NYU Gallatin, Riverside Church, Saint Marks in the Bowery, The 13th Street Repertory Company, and Westbeth Center for the Arts. She is also a co-founder of a free-music group at Columbia University that focuses on the performance of sacred texts. She currently studies Theology and the Arts at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, splitting her time between interfaith work and music. She is a lover of art of all kinds and works for the Guggenheim Museum’s Development Department when she is not singing or reading, or both!
Ela Ray Zawadzki from a very early age, has revered female Jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, Nora Jones and Cassandra Wilson. At thirteen she aspires to develop her voice down into a deeper, smokier, bar room range. A trilingual student at the International School of Brooklyn, she has studied both French and Spanish, both modern dance and ballet, and saxophone.
Jessica Lewis Arts Spring 2015 Season at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, NY. Photographs by Tom Haynes