Artist StatementI am a classically trained dancer in Vagonova technique ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and Hip Hop. My passion for the last 23 years has been to learn the classical dance arts and to perform. As the great- granddaughter of music and recording legend, Russel Morgan, my passion for performing began the moment I could place my feet to the floor. Dance is far more than technique, it is an expression of our innermost imagination, emotion, and creativity. My journey has brought me to teach and choreograph and share my love for the centuries old dance art form.
Jessica (Jessi) Wilson began her dance training at the age of 5 with humble beginnings. Earning a scholarship from a Baltimore recreation center, landed her into the hands of artistic director Robin Snyder at Experimental Movement Concepts.
At the age of 10, she attended Dance Explosion of Glen Burnie, MD. Her training (emphasis on Vagonova Ballet Technique) blossomed under the direction of Director Colleen Parker, renowned Jazz instructor Tim Roberts, Melissa Hough (Norwegian National Ballet Principal Dancer), as well as former instructors from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. She participated in their competitive company and attended various educational workshops. One noted in particular with famed choreographer, Mia Michaels.
Her training continued through high school and college, participating in the North County High School Dance Company, where she was awarded “most accomplished” and gained acceptance into the Florida School of the Arts, by audition, at the Regional High School Dance Festival. Workshops included classes hosted by the Todd Rosenleib Dance Center and the Governors School of the Arts.
Her choice in education landed her at Anne Arundel Community college (concentration in dance) under the artistic direction of Linda Fitzgerald and ballet instructor Lara Garza. Due to the birth of her daughter, and later twin daughters, her dance career temporarily halted.
Jessi’s career as a teacher and choreographer began in 2012 at the Nice School of Dance in Virginia Beach, Virginia prior to her return to Maryland. Her choreography with a Maryland competitive dance team has been awarded acclaim in the competitive circuit. Jessi currently works in Pasadena, Maryland and looks forward to her journey with JAMZ Dance Studio and the Jamco Dance Company.