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, and musical theater. For the past 9 years, Jessica has been working as a dance teacher and dancer in the professional entertainment industry. Her television credits include, So You Think You Can Dance- Season 11, where she placed 2nd 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, Michael Buble, and Lindsey Stirling. Her other credits include SheIN, 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 China, Guatemala, Europe, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. She has taught for conventions such as Transcend, 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 with you and creates a safe space by motivating with both love and discipline. Jessica values your uniqueness, regardless of ability, and expects you to push yourself past your limits. Her aim is to guide you to your full potential and help enhance your respect for yourself as an artist. It’s Jessica’s belief that you are worthy of your best, and she uses her technical training and unique performance quality to create meaningful and healing stories through movement. She hopes that through her training, you walk away with lessons that will grow you as a dancer, and also as a human.