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jess harper

Jessica Harper is a choreographer, adjunct professor, dancer, yoga instructor, filmmaker and humorist. She completed her MFA in Dance from University of California, Irvine, her Masters in Education at the University of Phoenix, her BA in Dance at Loyola Marymount University, and her yoga certification in the Vinyasa Krama Series under the direction of Srivatsa Ramaswami. Jess teaches vinyasa flow, modern, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, and social dance. She works at LMU, Chapman University, LBCC, School of Dance and Music, and the Yoga Loft. She's also taught at UCI, AMDA, and POPs. She is director of her company JESS HARPER & Dancers, dances in METHOD, a contemporary company under the direction of Bradley Michaud, and KAIROS Dance Company under Hazel Clarke. She has danced for TONGUE under Stephanie Gilliland, MIZERANYDANCE, LEDGES AND BONES, Kristin Smiraowsky, EARTH WIND AND FIRE, and for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in the opera Carmen. 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 Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Company (TONGUE and METHOD), and has been nominated for Best Female Artist dancing with METHOD. She feels blessed to live life creatively, and is fully committed to teaching and giving back to the community, in a humorous and loving way. JESSHARPERDANCES.COM