headshot photo of Jessica Harper

Jessica Harper

Lecturer
College of Performing Arts; Department of Dance
Office Location: Partridge Dance Center

Biography

Jessica Harper is a choreographer, teacher, dancer, director, yoga instructor, filmmaker and humorist. She completed her MFA in Dance from UC Irvine, her Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix, her BA in Dance from LMU, and her yoga certification in the Vinyasa Krama Series under the direction of Srivatsa Ramaswami. She teaches modern, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, social dance, and vinyasa flow yoga. Jess currently teaches at Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University, Long Beach City College, School of Dance and Music, and the Yoga Loft. She’s also taught at UCI, AMDA, and POPs. Jessi currently dances with KAIROS under Hazel Clarke, METHOD under the direction of Bradley Michaud, and directs her company JESS HARPER & DANCERS. She danced for TONGUE under Stephanie Gilliland, MIZERANYDANCE, Kristin Smiraowsky, EARTH WIND AND FIRE, and for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra to name a few. 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.