Jessica's engaging and heart-felt performances have included national music festivals (Woodford Folk Festival), national and international Middle Eastern Dance festivals, and live concerts (Band of Dawn, Masha's Legacy, Jeff Martin).
Troupe member (Hathor Dance Theatre, Farrah: the Egyptian Dance Artists), warm-hearted teacher and captivating soloist - Jessica embodies the love and joy of the art form in her every step.
In the Beginning
Jessica’s journey with Middle Eastern dance began with a six-week beginner course with Terezka Drnzik’s school "Studio Danse Orientale", intending it as a "trial of something different to do after work" .
Almost immediately, with no prior dance training, and very little knowledge of belly dance, Jessica became enthralled by this timeless art form.
Jessica has been studying the beautiful art form since 2008, developing her style as an organic and versatile dancer.
Jessica's passion has lead her to study with teachers in Egypt and the U.S.A drawing on Egyptian Theatrical Folkloric Dance, Raks Sharqi, and Contemporary Theatrical Bellydance.
Subsequently she has studied with Jane Jardines (Belly Dance Harem), Paivi Mielikainen (Farrah: Fananat Al Raks Al Masri) and Rachel Bond (Inspire! Bellydance), and Jrisi Jusakos (Hathor Dance Studio).
Jessica is an accredited belly dance teacher through Shemiran’s Teacher Training Program.
Having found a means of self empowerment and creative expression through the dance, Jessica was drawn by the heartfelt music, the celebration of the feminine, and the sense of sisterhood amongst dancers.