Jessica Lewis, MA (Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, Hunter College) is a choreographer, dance educator, modern dancer, director, and producer.
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.
Practicing out of New York City, 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, University Settlement, Gibney Dance (ShowDown), The Muse, and throughout the New York area, with Andrew Jannetti and Dancers and Jessica Lewis Arts (Founder and Artistic Director).
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 has taught dance, theater, and music in NYC for the past 8 years. She continues to manage educational programs and artistic projects through her educational dance company, Jessica Lewis Arts throughout the New York City area.
Jessica teaches throughout the New York area and Los Angeles 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.
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 and 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 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, Lynn Simonson, 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.