Jessica Harper, choreographer, professional dancer, certified yoga instructor and teacher, graduated with her BFA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University, and completed her Masters in Education at the University of Phoenix. Jessi received her yoga certification in the Vinyasa Krama Series under the direction of Srivatsa Ramaswami, and recently earned her MFA at the University of California, Irvine (2016). At UCI, she has a TA position, and has choreographed for New Slate and Dance Escape (graduate concerts), the DanceChemistry multidisciplinary project, and assisted with the Investiture for the Chancellor celebration. She teaches vinyasa flow, jazz, modern, ballet, tap, and hip-hop throughout the southbay and Los Angeles area. She has most recently taught at LMU, School of Dance and Music, and the Yoga Loft.
Jessi is currently dancing in METHOD, a contemporary company, under the direction of Bradley Michaud, KAIROS Dance Co, under Hazel Clarke, and is cofounder of JJ Dance with Jay Bartley. She has danced for Chad Michael Hall, TONGUE, MIZERANYDANCE, LEDGES AND BONES, Kristin Smiarowski, EARTH WIND AND FIRE, and the Opera Carmen with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Originally from St. Louis, MO, she danced with Missouri State Ballet, and traveled to Russia, Australia, and New Zealand as a student ambassador. A scholarship recipient of NYU’s Tisch Dance Summer Festival, Jess has also received multiple Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Company (TONGUE AND METHOD), and has been nominated for Best Female Artist. She feels blessed to live life creatively and is fully committed to teaching and giving back to the community.