Jessica Lewis is a choreographer, dance educator, dancer, director, and producer. She is a current MFA Candidate in Choreography at Wilson College, and holds an M.A. in Dance Education from the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, Hunter College.
Born and raised in New York City, her work has appeared in many major dance, theater, and film festivals and self produced productions throughout the area. She has performed and choreographed at the Dance Theater Workshop (now NYLA), 92nd Street Y, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), DUMBO Dance Festival, CoolNY, The Duke, Hunter College, New York University, IRT Theater, DanceWave, Cunningham, Westfest, Kids Café Festival, Gallatin Arts Festival, The Muse, University Settlement, Gibney Dance (ShowDown), and throughout the New York area, with her company Jessica Lewis Arts (Founder and Artistic Director) and Andrew Jannetti & Dancers (Company Manager).
Jessica has taught dance, theater, and music in NYC for the past 9 years. She continues to run educational programs and artistic projects at Jessica Lewis Arts (501c3 non-profit) throughout New York City. She is currently the Coordinator for the Guest Artist Series and Amalgamate Artist Series with Amalgamate Dance Company.
Jessica was the 2015-16 NDEO Student Representative to the Board, and the and Chapter President for the National Honors Society for Dance Arts at Hunter College (graduate level).
Jessica 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., and the humanities. Jessica is also an experienced theater and music educator, and coaches students of all ages privately or in small groups. A specialty of hers is audition preparation in all the arts, and college and high school advisement.
She currently is the Dance Educator at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School's Clinton Hill Middle School campus.
Jessica also teaches regularly at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) for younger dance students. See her teaching schedule at BAX here.
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 Andrew Jannetti & Dancers, 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. Jessica 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 as an apprentice.
Jessica has studied with Andrew Jannetti, Lynn Simonson, the Joffrey Ballet School, Ellen Robbins, Dancewave Inc., Alvin Aliey School of Dance, The Martha Graham Studio, Merce Cunningham Studio, Martha Chapman, Diane McCarthy, Laurie Devito, Katiti King, Benny Simon, Chris Heller, Te Perez, Kathleen Isaac, David Capps, Maura Donohue, Irene Dowd, Jessica Nicoll, Diane Jacobowitz, Jeanette Stoner, Kathy Posin, Jay T. Jenkins, Tara Summerville, Jeanette Panetta, and Jim May.
Grants include: Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD Professional Development), New York Dance Education Association (NYSDEA), Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program (full scholarship for Masters level studies), Bronfman Center, and NYU.
Gina Marie Borden (Assistant Artistic Director and Assistant Director of Education) 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.
Kristin Dowdy (MFA Candidate, SUNY Brockport) 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
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.
Anna, originally from Baltimore MD, and has been based in New York City since 2014. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and spent two summers at the American Dance Festival. At the festival, she was accepted to perform the work of Merce Cunningham under the direction of Andrea Weber, and to understudy in a new work by Twyla Tharp. She has learned and performed masterworks by Karen Reedy, Martha Graham, Jim Lepore, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Mark Dendy, Robert Battle, and Mark Morris. Anna also had the pleasure to intern at Dance/USA, complete a fellowship with Gibney Dance, and serve as a teaching artist with Artists Striving to End Poverty. She does project based work with J CHEN PROJECT and is a member of SeaLegs Dance with whom she performed in Sri Lanka in early 2016. Anna is thrilled to join Jessica Lewis Arts as a dancer and educator and is grateful to help bring the company's vision to life.
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.
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