Jessica is a 2020 graduate from Nanaimo, BC. She has trained with Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts for over 11 years and loves every genre of dance available to her including ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap and hiphop. She also was the first graduating dancer from KAPP, Kirkwood Academy’s Pre-Professional half-day program. In addition to her core training she has been a company member with Helix Dance Theatre, Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet and Prism Dance Connections.

In addition to dance, Jessica trained with Andrea Bertram Vocal Studio and Flipside Gymnastics. She has been fortunate to have performed in many musical theatre productions as well including Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Seussical and Nutcracker.

Jessica has also been fortunate to train with various professional summer schools including the School of Alberta Ballet (2014), Joffrey West LA (2015), Joffrey NYC (2016) the Joffrey San Francisco (2017), Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago, IL (2018), Complexions in LA (2019) and Brea Space (2019). She has also toured to California, New York and Florida with the Kirkwood Youth Dance Company (KYDC) enjoying performances in Disneyland, Time Square and Disneyworld.

In June 2018, Jessica was honoured to participate as an Intermediate Modern representative at the Performing Arts Festival in Victoria. In 2020, she was also chosen as the stage representative for the Performing Arts Festival in Cranbrook.

Most recently, Jessica has received certification in Progressive Ballet technique (PBT) and will be furthering her education at SFU where she received an elite entrance scholarship with distinction. Jessica begins her post-secondary education (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in September 2020 where she will receive a BFA in dance in 2024 when she finishes her studies with a degree in dance. She will continue to train and start her teaching career with Kirkwood Academy and as a rehearsal assistant to NCB in September 2020.

Jessica Langelier

JESSICA LANGELIER

Rehearsal Assistant

Julianna began dancing with Steps Ahead Dance in 2004 and grew to love the studio as she began studying ballet and modern. In her teen years she explored numerous other styles, including contemporary, jazz and tap. Julianna took her RAD Ballet exams up to Grade 8 and took her ISTD Advanced 2 Modern in April 2019. From a very young age, Julianna knew she loved teaching. Under the direction of Lorraine Blake, she helped on Saturday mornings with the littlest dancers for many years. This has led her to peruse her Bachelor of Education at Vancouver Island University and where she will graduate in June 2023. Julianna continues to share her love of learning and passion for the arts at her home studio working with the youngest dancers in the junior ballet faculty. In addition, Julianna became a certified Jazzercise instructor in October 2019 and shares her love of dance all over the Cowichan Valley. She continues to train and is excited to work with the Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet Company as a rehearsal assistant in September 2020.

Julianna Cross

JULIANNA CROSS

Rehearsal Assistant

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