"...Tomlinson's work revealed an artist of daring and maturity" -Hedy Weiss : Chicago Sun Times.
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 a young dancer, Jessica apprenticed with NC Dance Theatre under the direction of former New York City Ballet principals Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. Tomlinson graduated from the University of NC School of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary Dance. Upon moving to Chicago she collaborated with Lauri Stallings (formerly of Hubbard Street and current Artistic Director of gloATL) and performed with her company NANDANSE. Jessica served as a dancer, choreographer, rehearsal director and teacher for Thodos Dance Chicago from 2005-2017, where she performed and toured both nationally and internationally. During her time at Thodos Dance Chicago, Jessica continued developing her own work through the New Dances Performance Series, with multiple works becoming part of the company’s repertoire.
Jessica Miller Tomlinson Choreography has been commissioned or produced by the Chautauqua Ballet Company, NC School of the Arts, Aerial Dance Chicago, Alluvion Dance Chicago, Hot Crowd, DanceWorks Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet,The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Inconvenience Performance Group,The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Idaho Dance Theatre, Regional Dance America, Columbia College of Chicago, Washington and Lee University, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival , Forum Dance Theatre, Nomi Dance Company, Dance in the Parks, The Dance Gallery Festival, Visceral Dance Chicago, Nebraska Contemporary Dance Theatre, Eisenhower Dance Company, The Harvest Dance Festival, The HSDC Youth Ensemble, Northern Illinois University, SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL Albuquerque, Dance For Life, and Thodos Dance Chicago. She has collaborated with Dance For Life's Our Voices Dance, Jacqueline Stewart/ JAXON Movement Arts, local band District 97, Joshua Manculich and the Andy Warhol Silver Clouds Exhibit at the MCA.
Jessica most recently was a Faculty member for the Hubbard Street Youth Dance Program, as well as The Joffrey Academy of Dance, where she taught Contemporary for the Joffrey Studio Company and Trainees. She served as Adjunct Faculty at Northern Illinois University the past two years. Jessica currently performs as the Ballet Mistress for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. This Fall she is excited to be joining the Faculty of The Alma Dance School, Dovetail Studios, Pure Vibe Dance Center, Christine Belpedio's School of Dance and The Rooted Space.
2019- Artist in Residence
Washington and Lee University Repertory Dance Company
2017- Selected for “Dance For Life”
Chicago AIDS Benefit
METdance Emerging Choreographer Competition
2016 ,2017, 2018- Finalist
Avant Chamber Ballet Women’s Choreography Project
2016- Artist in Residence
Columbia College of Chicago
Repertory Performance Workshop
DanceWorks Chicago’s Inaugural NewMoves Choreography Competition
Idaho Dance Theatre’s Inaugural New Visions Choreography Competition
2009- Grand Prize Winner
Joyce Theater Foundation’s A.W.A.R.D. Show
2007- Guest Alumni Choreographer
NC School of the Arts Summer Scenes
Jessica has been commissioned to create a new work for the students of Common Conservatory premiering in June 2021.
Jessica has been commissioned to create a new work for Eisenhower Dance Detroit's 2020/21 Season.
Commissioned to create a new work entitled "Ne" for Alluvion Dance Chicago's Neon Performance. In Residence during February 2020.
Commissioned to create a new work entitled "Tierspuren" for Chasing Tails. In Residency with Hot Crowd during January 2020.
Fundraiser for Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois. Jessica was one of six female Chicago based choreographers selected to create new work fo...
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