» Jessica Harper
Lecturer

College of Performing Arts; Department of Dance
Jessica Harper
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Biography

Jess Harper is a choreographer, teacher, dancer, director, yoga instructor, filmmaker and humorist. She completed her MFA in Dance from University of California, Irvine, her Masters in Education at the University of Phoenix, her BA in Dance at Loyola Marymount University, and her yoga certification in the Vinyasa Krama Series under the direction of Srivatsa Ramaswami. She teaches vinyasa flow, modern, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, and social dance. She currently teaches at Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, UC Irvine, School of Dance and Music, and the Yoga Loft. Jessi is Associate Director for MULTIPLEX under Chad Michael Hall, dances in METHOD, a contemporary company under the direction of Bradley Michaud, KAIROS Dance Company under Hazel Clarke, is cofounder of JJ Dance with Jay Bartley, and directs her company JESS HARPER & DANCERS. She danced for TONGUE under Stephanie Gilliland, MIZERANYDANCE, LEDGES AND BONES, Kristin Smiraowsky, EARTH WIND AND FIRE, and for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in the opera Carmen. Originally from St. Louis, MO, she danced with Missouri State Ballet, and traveled to Russia, Australia, and New Zealand as a student ambassador. A scholarship recipient of Tsukuba University’s Physical Education and Exercise Science Program, and of NYU’s Tisch Dance Summer Festival, Jess has also received Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Company (TONGUE and METHOD) and has been nominated for Best Female Artist dancing with METHOD. She feels blessed to live life creatively, and is fully committed to teaching and giving back to the community, in a humorous and loving way.