Yosemite Dance Company
2020 - 2021 Staff
Miss Cecilia, Miss Gwen, Miss Christi, Miss Jessica, Miss Stephanie, Miss Caitlyn, Miss Elisa, Miss Savanna
(not pictured: Miss Elseana)
Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet
Jessica discovered her love for dance as a small child. She was the youngest student to enroll at Cynthia Merrill’s Ballet School, starting before age 2. She began tap lessons at The Dance Studio of Fresno shortly after, and that passion continued to grow. Under the direction of Roberta Woods at The Dance Company, Jessica continued her training and became proficient in every style offered to her, including tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, cheer, hiphop and ballet. During her time with The Dance Company, Jessica also began and grew her teaching and choreography careers, and was a director for their award winning elite competition teams from 2003 to 2016.
Jessica has always enjoyed working with children. After graduating from Yosemite High School in 2003, Jessica attended CSU Fresno where she received her BA in Child Development. As a well respected and sought after teacher throughout the central valley, Jessica has been teaching dance since 2000. Her versatile choreography has won numerous awards through the regional and national competition circuits.
Jessica became the owner and artistic director of Yosemite Dance Company in 2015. The studio offers classes in jazz, tap, ballet, prepointe/pointe, hiphop, creative movement and children’s combination classes. Jessica’s love for dance and energy are contagious, and dancers for many surrounding mountain communities travel to train under her direction. When not at the studio, Jessica and her husband stay busy raising their two beautiful children, Aten and Talia.