Jessica Irwin

Contemporary

Jessica is a graduate of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. She graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) specializing in Performance and Choreography. During her time at York, she has performed in Fleur De Sel, Dance Innovations Counter/Point, Terpsichore-in-progress and Beginnings & Endings. Jessica was also a member of the York Dance Ensemble’s pre-professional modern dance company, and has performed with them in numerous shows and on TEDX. While at York, Jessica trained in the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus, and the modern dance styles of Jose Limóné and Martha Graham under the direction of professionals including Helen Jones ( Martha Graham Company), Jenifer Bolt, John Ottoman (ProArteDanza Director and Coordinator), Tracy Norman and Megan Andres (Founder of The Dance Current). During her final year at York she also studied under the direction of Modern Dance artist, Julia Sasso, participating in choreography and performance intensives.

Prior to her University and professional dance career Jessica danced competitively for several years and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, cheerleading, modern, and contemporary. During this time, she competed in several national and international competitions receiving numerous high honours awards, including International Titles. It was also during this time that she successfully completed Jazz and Tap exams under A.D.A.P.T.

Jessica has also been a company member of TDC Entertainment, Sole Power Productions and D’air Dance Collective where she performed professionally in numerous commercial dance shows. Most recently Jessica has danced in the Juvenis Festival’s performance Unfamiliar, Women in Coats and The Path working closely with Kingston choreographer Kay Kenny and Charlotte Tessier respectively. Jessica has also choreographed for the Kingston Street Ballerina Project.

Jessica is continuously seeking opportunities to professionally develop and has thus participated in various master classes and workshops from professional dance artists such as Blake McGrath, Danny Lawn, and Mia Michaels. She is also a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance and has taken her Beginner/ Junior and Intermediate/Advanced Level acro courses from Acro-Demics. Jessica has been teaching dance for many years and has won numerous choreography and high score awards for her routines.

Jessica also a graduate from Queen’s University Bachelor of Education program and specializes in teaching Primary/Junior Grades. In her spare time, she works for Royal Princess Parties as a dancer, singer and actress. Jessica also works at the H’ART Centre teaching dance to adults with intellectual
exceptionalities. She is also a teacher for the HAAP! program which delivers dance programs to those in long-term care facilities helping to prolong their longevity and quality of life.

Jessica continues to learn and grow as a dance artist, choreographer and teacher and hopes to share her passion of dance, choreography, and education with others, while inspiring her own students to work hard and dream big because anything is possible.