Jessica Richens’ lifelong love for dance began at age three during her early training. She studied many styles including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, musical theater, and tap. During this time, she had numerous performance, competition, and convention opportunities and held many titles for these abilities.
For the past seven years, Jessica has been working in the professional entertainment industry. Her television credits include, So You Think You Can Dance- Season 11, where she placed 1st runner-up, The Ellen Show, Live with Kelley and Ryan, Dancing with the Stars, and The Masked Singer to name a few. Jessica has danced in music videos and performed live with artists such as Taylor Swift. She has worked for Conde Nast, Bellagio, Radio City, Nike, Exxon Mobile, Tilly’s, and Disney World. Currently, Jessica is employed by world-famous electronic violinist, Lindsey Stirling, and continues to tour with her company.
As a professional dancer and dance educator, Jessica has extensive experience training dancers from all around the world, in addition to assisting top dance professionals. When Jessica is not performing, she dedicates her time, and her love of dance to inspire budding dancers of all ages. Her career has taken her to Shanghai, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. She has taught for conventions such as XChange, Titans of Dance, Revel, assisted for RADIX and JUMP, and has trained with top industry professionals Shannon Mather, Krista Miller, Talia Favia, Mark Meismer, and Tessandra Chavez. She also enjoys traveling to studios throughout the United States to offer her expertise in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and technique via intensives and master classes.
Jessica believes that a dance class with her is more than just training. She expects a shared exchange of energy between herself and her students. Jessica believes in creating a safe space for her students by motivating with both love and discipline. Jessica values the uniqueness of each student, regardless of ability, yet expects them to push themselves past their limits. Her aim is to lead her students to their full potential and help each one gain respect for themselves as artists. It’s Jessica’s belief that every dance student is worthy of her best, so she uses her technical training and unique performance quality to create meaningful and healing stories through movement. She hopes that through these stories, students are encouraged to live as better people and live their best life.