Jess is a performer, teacher and choreographer who studied at Reed College and the London Contemporary Dance School before graduating from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Magna Cum Laude.
In the early 2000's she achieved local notoriety as Debbie Dazzle in the Seattle guerrilla performance art duo FANKICK! The duo was named one of the "65 Best Ways To Love Our City" by Seattle Metropolitan magazine. "…these two women remind us that dance can happen anywhere, anytime and be just as uplifting when your tongue is firmly in your cheek." -Seattle Metropolitan. FANKICK! was commissioned by Microsoft, the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, the Wexley School for Girls and the Capitol Hill Block Party. "…these two fabulous young ladies are armed with massive amounts of energy and neon-colored attire so they can dance their way into your hearts." -The Stranger.
Jess currently performs with Rainbow Fletcher's company HYPERNOVA. Over the last 16 years she has worked with many notable Seattle choreographers including the Seattle Opera, Pat Graney Company, SOM Performance, Amy O'Neal, Crispin Spaeth Dance Group, LeGendre Performance, Scott Powell Performance, Deborah Wolf, Rainbow Fletcher's the Castaways, Mark Haim Dance Theater and more. She toured with Mark Haim's piece "This Land Is Your Land" which was named "one of the most influential works in the past 15 years." -Dance Magazine, January 2015.
Jess has performed at the Southern Theater (MN), PICA's TBA Festival (OR), the Myrna Loy Center (MT), Dance Theater Workshop (NY), the Joyce Theater (NY), American Dance Festival at Duke University (NC), and in the ArtDanThe Festival (Paris, France). She danced in two Macklemore and Ryan Lewis videos "And We Danced" and "Thrift Shop." Other dance film work includes Karn Junkinsmith's "The Chronicles of Cleo and Jack", Vockah Redu's "Fantahsea" and Kris Orlowski's "Pieces of Me."
Jess is on the Fine Arts Faculty at U Prep, and has been teaching dance and yoga to elementary, middle and high school students for the past 15 years.