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ABOUT

The dance is strong magic. The body can fly without wings. It can sing without voice." Pearl Primus

Jessica C. Featherson received her B.F.A in dance  from Temple University with a minor in Latin American Studies in 2011. She has had extensive study and practice with the contemporary African dance technique, Umfundalai and performed with Kariamu & Company: Traditions, under the direction of mentor and founder, Dr. Kariamu Welsh. Jessica has performed with NYC based companies, Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement and Eyrc Taylor Dance at festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Harlem Stage E-moves, and the International Festival Avante Garde in Merida, Mexico.  Her interest in arts management landed her a position with the New York Dance and Performance Awards aka The Bessie’s, where she served as Assistant to Senior Staff and Development Assistant.  She is an original cast member of the theatrical production, The Clothesline Muse, a collaboration by Grammy nominated jazz singer and composer Nnenna Freelon, renowned choreographer and dance scholar, Kariamu Welsh, and visual artist Maya Freelon Asante. Jessica has studied abroad in Mexico and Brazil, and is especially focused on the relationship between music and dance in specific cultural regions. She has also traveled to Havana, Cuba, with choreographer Ronald K. Brown, to study folkloric and contemporary dance under the auspices of the Joyce Theater Foundation travel program. She is a part of the inaugural MFA in dance cohort at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. In addition to dance, Jessica has worked as fitness instructor and personal trainer at top fitness studios and gyms in New Jersey and NYC. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified Health Coach and most recently launched her own lifestyle brand and wellness platform, WellBody.WellSoul thewellbodywellsoul.com