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Jessica Bertram

Jessica was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama where she trained at the North Alabama Dance Center since the age of 3 in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical styles. Jessica graduated from Emory University in 2017 with a BA in Dance and Movement Studies and a BS in Anthropology & Human Biology.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I'M INSPIRED BY some of the smallest things: when the sun and moon are present at the same time, witnessing the joy of strangers, bodies as canvases, my father (Golden), nuances in culture, pure kindness, poems on imperfect love, people singing in their cars at stoplights, and jazz music on vinyl records.

I FIND PURPOSE IN spreading light and facilitating methods of self expression in others, specifically in two arenas. The first is teaching my students who range from the age of 3 to 14. I'm incredibly fulfilled by them learning something about themselves and realizing their capabilities. The second is performing, whether on stage or in day to day socialization. I find pleasure in offering a word, a feeling, or an experience that someone didn't know they needed. I love sharing and adding stories to my own.

WHAT MAKES ME COME ALIVE: Connection, direct eye contact, discomfort that's oddly satisfying, researching and ultimately playing. In my movement, I thrive off of speed, clarity, and strength. It is when I'm dancing that I'm 100% unapologetic, devoted, limitless, and alive.