Jess Beach believes in always being a student. She has been training for over 25 years in all styles of dance in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and up and down the east and west coast under noted dancers and choreographers such as Nicolas Petrov (founder of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) and Ilya Gaft (Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre). Jess began her formal academic pursuit of dance during her senior year of high school at La Roche College’s conservatory for Ballet. After successful years of training and featured rolls in “Cinderella”, “Swan Lake”, and “The Nutcracker”, Jess then expanded her studies to contemporary techniques and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance (Jazz Concentration) from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Upon graduation, Jess became a featured dancer in several Industrials in Pittsburgh and danced backup for the tour of Neil Young and Crazy Horse working with West Side Story‘s Russ Tambyn. Jess then landed a position touring professionally all over the globe as a dancer/performer for Holland America Cruise Lines through Stiletto Entertainment based out of California. Jess spent 6 years working steadily for Stiletto Entertainment performing all over the world from Russia to South America and everywhere in between. With Stiletto Entertainment Jess had the honor of working directly with various noted choreographers such as Broadway’s Patti Colombo and director, producer, associate choreographer John Charron, and Carla Kama (known for her pioneering choreography all over the media scene including Prince and Carmen Electra).
Jess feels blessed continuing her dance career by spending the past 10 years educating, mentoring, and choreographing. Jess has had the honor of working with the distinguished Alvin Ailey Dance Company with their Inaugural installation of Ailey Camp Baltimore at Towson University as Master Jazz instructor. Most recently, Jess worked with Big Picture Media as Choreographer and featured dancer for a Regional Television commercial. Jess currently works with Danielle Sten-Guillermo and Lance Guillermo as assistant choreographer and rehearsal director for the Alternative Dance Project (ADP) dance company’s original works entitled “Working America” & “366”. She enjoyed 4 years as director/choreographer of three youth competition and performance Hip Hop Companies in Maryland. Jess is beginning her third year as Artist in Residence and Instructor for the Dance Departments at Howard Community College and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts while teaching full time in a private studio in Frederick, MD. A sought after Master Instructor, adjudicator, and the recipient of many accolades for her choreography; Jess is humbled to continue to follow her passion and to do what she love as her career.