Meet our Head of Ballet – Jessica Flynn!

Oct 29

We at Downtown Dance Factory couldn’t feel more fortunate than to have Jessica Flynn as our Head of Ballet.  Could you ask for a more wonderful combination in a ballet teacher than a former New York City Ballet ballerina and a preschool teacher?  We think not!

Jess brings both her wealth of impeccable training and performing experience in one of the world’s premier ballet companies, as well as her kind, nurturing preschool teacher’s nature to every class.  Students not only work on their ballet technique, but Jess cleverly weaves it all into the context of the wonderfully rich classical ballet history, often demonstrating variations from different ballets – a treat for students, parents and Downtown Dance Factory staff alike!

Jessica began dancing at three, and continued on to study at the New Jersey School of Ballet where she performed in numerous productions with the company. She moved to New York City at age 15 to attend the School of American Ballet in the Lincoln Center while simultaneously attending LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.  She was invited to join the New York City Ballet company as an apprentice in 2002, and quickly became a member of the corps de ballet.  During her six seasons with this prestigious company, she toured Russia, Japan, Denmark, and the U.S, and danced roles in over fifty ballets.

We are so happy to have Jess with us at Downtown Dance Factory and want to celebrate her wonderfully dancing past as she fosters in our little ones a love of dance that will help them to dance into the future!