Dance / Musical Theatre Teacher, Peridance NYC USA.
Jessica Rizzo is a native New Yorker and graduate of NYU Steinhardt's Dance Education Master's Program; with a PK-12 New York State Teaching Certification. Her double-concentration Master's Degree includes PK-12 pedagogy and dance education within the higher-education discipline. She also holds a BFA in dance performance from the UMASS Amherst 5 College Dance Program where she was a Chancellor's Talent Award recipient. Jess now works extensively with children, adolescents and professionals as choreographer and teacher and conducts national and international master-classes specializing in the genres of modern, contemporary, musical theatre and choreography-composition.
Jess' extensive national and international performance career includes works such as: The National Tour of Guys & Dolls, The European Tour of Grease, West Side Story, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Salute to Dudley Moore at Carnegie Hall, and appearances as guest-dancer with The World Famous Pontani Sisters, THE MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE & Impulse Modern Dance Company. Jess has taught contemporary and jazz dance at the historic New Dance Group and 92nd Street Y in NYC, was Company Director at the historic Steffi Nossen School of Dance / Dance in Education Fund and in 2008 traveled to Uganda where she taught creative-movement to misplaced children. The experience culminated with Jess being selected as a featured instructor at the Queen's Kampala Ballet & Modern Dance School. Closer to home, she was recently hired to conduct workshops for the cast of LA REVE at the Wynn, Las Vegas.
Currently, Jess is a faculty member for the PeriChild Program and Peridance Youth Ensemble at Peridance in NYC and master teacher for various dance competitions throughout the country. Recently, she has finished her Master's thesis research on the choreographic process of technically advanced adolescent dancers and is the creator of PROJECT C; a choreography-composition curriculum for the private studio sector. Jess is also article contributor and presenter in the choreography and "how to" teaching segments on the celebrated danceteacherweb.com.