Miss Jess began her love of dance with a tap/ballet combination at the Y when she was 3 after seeing The Nutcracker on tv and choosing to dance (usually in costume) rather than walk or run about 95% of the time (a habit that arguably never faded). From then on, she joined the Arlington Dance Theater where she practiced and performed a myriad of styles from classical ballet to musical theater. She began teaching as a beginning pointe assistant to her very first ballet teacher when she was 16, and then became the sole pointe instructor at the School for Swans during her undergraduate career.
Miss Jess has been living in Hampton Roads since 2013 working as a creative professional, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. She is incredibly excited to be leaping into her first year at Shining Stars Dance Academy!