Jess Beach is a native of Pennsylvania and believes in always being a student. She has been training for over 29 years in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, HipHop, Tap, and Musical Theatre in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and up and down the east and west coast under noted dancers and choreographers such as Nicolas Petrov (founder of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) and Ilya Gaft (Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre). Beach began her formal academic pursuit of dance at La Roche College’s Conservatory for Ballet and then expanded her studies to contemporary techniques, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance (Jazz Concentration) from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.
While in Pittsburgh, Beach performed industrials for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera House, Pittsburgh Pirates, and danced backup for Neil Young and Crazy Horse under the direction of Russ Tamblyn (of the original film West Sides Story). Upon graduation, Beach toured professionally as a dancer/performer for Holland America Cruise Lines through Stiletto Entertainment based out of California. Beach spent 6 years working steadily for Stiletto Entertainment performing all over the world from Russia to South America and everywhere in between, working with noted choreographers such as Broadway’s Patti Colombo and director, producer, associate choreographer John Charron, and Carla Kama (known for her pioneering choreography all over the media scene including Prince and Carmen Electra).
Beach feels blessed continuing her dance career by spending the past 13 years educating, mentoring, and choreographing. Beach has had the honor of working with the distinguished Alvin Ailey Dance Company with their Inaugural installation of Ailey Camp Baltimore at Towson University as Master Jazz instructor. She also had the privilege of working with Big Picture Media as Choreographer and featured dancer for a Regional Television commercial. One of her favorite projects was working with the husband-and-wife duo of “On the DL”, Danielle Sten and Lance Guillermo, as rehearsal director for On the DL’s production of “Working America” as well as assistant choreographer for the ADP dance company production of “366”. Beach enjoyed 4 years as director/choreographer of three youth competition and performance Hip Hop Companies in Maryland and 4 years as Artist in Residence and Instructor for the Dance Departments at Howard Community College and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
Most recently, Beach is adjunct faculty for the BFA Dance program with the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins in addition to instructing dance full time in a private studio in Maryland. Beach spends her weekends guest teaching and traveling for National and International Dance Conventions/Competitions adjudicating dancers from all over the country. A sought-after Master Instructor, adjudicator, and the recipient of many accolades for her choreography; Beach is humbled to continue to follow her passion and share her enthusiasm for dance with her students.