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Jessica Lewis Arts

 

 

Jessica Lewis

Artistic Director

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 Arts Dance Company

 

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.

 

 
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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. 

UpCOMING SHOWS

Friday, May 8, 2015 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm: 

Jessica Lewis Arts and LatticeWorks Dance Collective Salon Series @ Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, NY.

Saturday, May 9, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm: 

Jessica Lewis Arts and LatticeWorks Dance Collective Salon Series @ Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, NY.

 


CONTRIBUTE to the company

Please see our IndieGoGo Campaign for our Spring 2015 Season at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, NY. Please donate here and make sure to check back for ticketing information for our May 8th and 9th performances in collaboration with the Hunter Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program's Salon Series, and LatticeWorks Dance Collective. All donations are 100% tax-deductible, and go to offset to costs of our educational and artistic performances this spring, as well as to keep our company up and running!