Jessie Whelan


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Get to Know Jessie

Jessie Whelan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University’s Department of Theater and Dance with a B.F.A. Dance degree in 2012, & again in 2016 with a degree in Nutrition: Dietetics. Native to Waretown, New Jersey, Jessie began her dance training at age 5 with Eileen Juric at Basically Ballet Studio in Forked River, New Jersey, a school focusing on strict ballet and modern dance technique, where she is currently on staff. Under the wing of Kristin Dexnis, Jessie began assistant teaching at the age of 16. By her senior year of high school Jessie was a regular substitute teacher at Basically Ballet prior to graduating and moving on to continue her studies at Montclair State. While studying at Montclair State, Jessie continued to substitute classes, and perform both academically with Montclair State Universityʼs Dance Company, and professionally with DeXdance, a contemporary company. Jessie has studied various styles with artists suchas Jao Carvalho, Nancy Lushington, Beth McPherson, Maxine Steinman, Jennifer Chin, Karen Gayle, Jay T. Jenkins, Cynthia Thole, Brian Harlan Brooks, Nyles Ford, Tyler Gilstrap, and many more. In her studies she has performed in works by Charles Weidman, Frederick Earl Mosley, Lane Sayles, and Jessica DiMauro. Jessie has performed throughout the tri- state area, Indiana, and Canada. Jessie holds additional certifications through Acrobatic Arts: The Professional Curriculum for Acrobatic Dance, Balanced Body Pilates, & ISSA Personal Training/Nutritional Professionals. She has been on staff in New Jersey with the American Repertory Ballet, Ambition Dance Academy, and Basically Ballet Studio for the past seven years. She is additionally on staff as a lead assistant and substitute instructor for Alvin Ailey’s Junior Division First Steps Program. As of Summer 2019 she will be a full-time dance instructor at Success Academy Charter School – Hudson Yards Elementary, and is thrilled to now also be the new Tiny Steps Instructor at Alvin Ailey!