Jessica Miller Tomlinson graduated from the North Carolina School
of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary Dance. As a young
dancer, Jessica had the fortunate opportunity to apprentice with the NC Dance
Theatre under the direction of former New York City Ballet principals
Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. Upon moving to Chicago, she continued her training on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studio. Jessica was honored to collaborate with Lauri Stallings of the Hubbard Street Dance Company and perform with her company NANDANSE.
Jessica is currently in her twelfth season as a dancer, choreographer and dancer with Thodos Dance Chicago with whom she has performed and toured both Nationally and Internationally. She also serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Thodos Youth Ensemble. Throughout her career she has performed works by Warren Conover, Gail Gilbert, Rick McCullough, Lauri Stallings, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Ron De Jesus, David Parsons, Neta Pulvermacher, Mark Morris, Zac Whittenberg, Ahmad Simmons, KT Nelson, Lar Lubovitch, Francisco Avina and Stephanie Martinez, Lucas Crandall, Brian Enos, Kevin Iega Jeff, Kevin Wynn, KT Nelson, Brock Clawson, Ahmad Simmons, Robyn Mineko Williams, Ann Reinking and Bob Fosse.
Jessica has choreographed professionally for the Chautauqua Ballet Company, NC School of the Arts, DanceWorks Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, The Inconvenience Performance Group, Idaho Dance Theatre, Forum Dance Theatre, Columbia College of Chicago Performance Repertory Workshop, Nebraska Contemporary Dance Theatre, Eisenhower Dance Company, Nomi Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago , Dance in the Parks, and Thodos Dance Chicago. In the summer of 2008, Jessica was selected as the Guest Alumni Choreographer for NC School of the Arts summer scenes. In June 2009 Jessica was awarded the Grand Prize from the Joyce Theater Foundation's The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2009: Chicago hosted by the Dance Center of Columbia College. In June of 2010 Jessica self produced her first full length concert of works under the working title JMT/JLS Choreography, alongside colleague Jacqueline Stewart. In 2011, JMT/JLS Dance Gallery was produced, followed by Triptych: 3 Dance Voices in 2012, with colleague Winifred Haun. Jessica has also collaborated with The Merchandise Mart of Chicago, The Dance Center of Columbia College's 1306 Ten Years Later Project, Dance For Life's "Our Voices Dance", Andy Warhol "Silver Clouds Exhibit" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and local Chicago band District 97. Her work has been produced in the Thodos Dance Chicago New Dances Performances Series 2005-2016.
In August of 2012, Jessica was selected as the Winner of Idaho Dance Theatre's 1st Annual New Visions Choreography Competition. In January 2013, Jessica was chosen as one of six Chicago choreographers to create a new work for DanceWorks Chicago as part of their inaugural DanceMoves Choreography Competition. Her work has been presented at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce SoHo in NYC, The Harris Theatre for Music and Dance in Chicago, The North Shore Center for the Arts, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, The Athenaeum Theatre, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, The Great Lakes Dance Festival, The Austrian Festival Young! Tanzsommer, The Dance Center of Columbia College, numerous venues nationwide, and The EICC in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Booking Dance Festival. Jessica has also received grants from the Audience Architects New Stages Dance Initiative.
As a young choreographer I have made it a personal goal to challenge myself to create a body of work that is recognizable as my own but also varies in style, range of perspective and that shows versatility as an artist. My hope is to innovate without self-consciousness and to be new and new again, to have the ability to lead an audience effortlessly from beginning to end no matter how imaginative the journey between. As an active, independent choreographer, I feel a responsibility to help maintain a well-rounded sense of culture in the Chicago dance community and beyond in order to do my part in preserving the performing arts.
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