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.