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.
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.
Jessica also teaches regularly at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) for younger dance students.
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 of 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 Director) is a 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, and ...on a darkling plain and Quizas by Andrew Jannetti and Dancers. Borden studied in Paris under the direction of Michael Foley and Colleen Thomas in June 2012. In August 2015, Borden attended Amalgamate Dance Company’s BREAK OUT dance program in Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy, where she performed in works by Alana Marie Urda and Jessica Taylor. She was cast as a part of Amalgamate Dance Company’s Guest Artist Showcase 6 in a work by Bryan Strimpel, and is currently cast in a new work by fellow company member, Eveline Kleinjans.
Eveline Kleinjans (Artistic Associate) 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. She is a founding member of Jessica Lewis Arts.
Rosa Silva Gisbert (Artistic Associate) is a dancer from Bolivia, she star dancing when she was 7 years old, performing pieces by Amalia Michelle and Fabricio Ferrufino, she was part of Coda jazz company and IDance company, also she was in several musicals productions in Bolivia such as Hairspray, Chicago, Grease, Rent and Moulin Rouge. Rosa was featured in an adapted version of "Revelations" by Alvin Ailey.
Rosa has been based in New York City since 2014, when she came to study dance at Steps on Broadway where she discovered her passion for contemporary dance. Since moving to New York, she had performed pieces by Marijke Eliasberg, Jana Hicks, Julia Ehrstrand, Eveline Kleinjans and Miriam Førde.
Kristin Dowdy (Artistic Associate, Jessica Lewis Arts and MFA Candidate, SUNY Brockport) is dancer, teacher, and choreographer from St. Louis, MO, 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. She is a founding member of 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
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