Jess Adams is an emerging dance artist residing in Philadelphia, PA.  She graduates in May 2016 from the University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia on scholarship with a BFA in Dance.  Most recently, Jess danced for Brian Sanders’ JUNK Snowball 2016 at Union Transfer.  She is currently working with Netta Yerushalmy and Gary Jeter, to perform their individual works at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia this Spring of 2016.  While working as a Resident Assistant and Writing Fellow/Tutor at UArts, Jess explores her own contemporary-fusion movement and continues to choreograph her own work in hopes of expanding her versatility.  

Height: 5’ 1”                                                                     Hair & Eyes: Brown

Weight: 115 lbs.                                                              Mezzo Soprano G3-C6

Professional Experience

Dance Instructor/Choreographer                                                                               2010-2013

Stars Studio of Dance and Performing Arts

Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Competition

Dance Substitute/Guest Artist                                                                                    2013-Current 

Edge Dance Company, Stars Dance Center

Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Acro, Strengthening, Improvisation

Competition Judge                                                                                                        2016 

Stars Dance Center

Choreographer/Performer                                                                                          2014

Dance Film/Entertainment under direction of Walt Ribeiro

Choreographer/Performer                                                                                          2014 

Bat Mitzvah Hip Hop Dance Event personal hire by Craig Alter

Dance Training

Work History

The University of The Arts

Aug 2012 - May 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ballet: Meredith Rainey, Michael Sheridan, Riolama Lorenzo, Andrew Pap, Arancha Baselga, Alexander Iziliaev, Eva Szabo, "KB"/Karen Brown, Denis Gronostayskiy, Anastasia Babayeva, Suzanne Slenn, Anne White

Modern: Katie Swords Thurman, Jesse Zaritt, Kim Bears-Bailey, Curt Haworth, Gary Jeter, Jung-eun Kim, Bronwen MacArthur, Shannon Murphy

Jazz: Wayne St. David, Ronen Koresh, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Molly Misgalla, Donald Lunsford

Hip Hop: Kyle & Dinita Clark, Tyger B, Virgil Gladson

Improvisation: Jung-eun Kim, Marion Ramirez, Nicole Revelli, Meredith Glisson, Connie Michael

Tap: Robert Burden

Yoga: Jonathan Raiss

Pilates: Sasha Welsh

Body Pathways: Jennifer Binford Johnson

Gyrokinesis: Jennifer Binfor Johnson

Aerial: Jennifer "Niff" Nicholls

2014 Shen Wei Summer Intensive at UArts (full scholarship) with Sara Procopio

The School at Jacob's Pillow

Jul 2015 - Aug 2015
Becket, Massachusetts

Social Dances: Jazz to Hip Hop with E. Moncell Durden, Camille A. Brown, Francine Ott, Adesola Osakalumi

Augusta Heritage Festival at Davis & Elkins College

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
Elkins, West Virginia

Charleston/Lindy Hop: Mary Christensen

Vernacular Jazz: Ann Kilkelly

Afro-Caribbean: Laurie Goux

Stars Studio of Dance and Performing Arts

Sep 1998 - Jun 2012
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

Jazz: Wayne St. David

Modern: Jaclyn Dougherty, Gabrielle Wright

Hip Hop: E. Moncell Durden, DJ Smart

Acro: DJ Smart, Jaclyn Dougherty, Jennifer Allen Donsky

Ballet: Jennifer Leigh, Beth Hansen

Dance Performance

Katie Swords                                               Casting Into the Void                             Performer                                

Tommie-Waheed Evans                             Anthem                                                   Choreographer Assistant       

Wayne St. David                                         Sing, Sing, Sing                                        Performer                               

Roni Koresh                                                Aftershock                                               Performer                               

Robert Battle directed by Elisa Clark       Rush Hour                                               Performer                               

Sidra Bell                                                    Stage Exhibition I                                    Performer                              

Kyle & Dinita Clark                                     Brave New World                                    Performer                               

Katie Swords & Jesse Zaritt                      Panoply                                                    Performer                               

Jesse Zaritt                                                 Solo Study Project                                  Choreographer/Performer    

Tyger B                                                       Dance Film, Modern & Hip-Hop            Solo & Duet                            

Heather Gaffin                                          TrancenDance Company                        Performer                              

Original Choreography


Singing, Acting, Visual Arts, Gymnastics, Aerial, Writing