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Sunday, November 14
1:00-3:00pm
Jessica Teague, Assistant Professor
Ballet

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East Carolina University

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina

Our versatile program gives you the experience to enjoy a professional career as a dancer, a choreographer, or both.

When you arrive on campus as a freshman, you’ll begin a rigorous course of study in ballet, modern and jazz. Each year, you’ll continue studying these forms, gaining both a depth and breadth of knowledge. In addition, you’ll take classes in improvisation, theatre technology, kinesiology, pedagogy and history. In your senior year, you’ll deliver a choreography project.

You’ll find yourself on stage—a lot—in McGinnis Theatre, the Archie Burnette Studio Theatre and on tour to stages across the region. You’ll perform faculty, student and guest artist works for appreciative audiences, both large and intimate.

While you master your craft with our dedicated and decorated faculty, we’ll enhance your education with guest artist residences, invite you to audition to learn the work of acclaimed guest choreographers and share performances by world-class companies with you.

In recent years, we’ve hosted masterclasses with Lane Alexander, Monica Bill Barnes, Sidra Bell, Mark Dendy, Michelle Dorrance, Irene Dowd, Mark Haim, Ellie Lazar, Gene Medler, Mia Michaels, Eddie Ocampo, Nick Pupillo, Robert Small, Colleen Thomas, Doug Varone, Edward Villela and Bill Young.

Recently, David Dorfman, Frank Chavez, Roni Koresh and David Parsons set their choreography on ECU dancers. We took the work to our mainstage and to national conferences.

In addition to performances produced by the School of Theatre and Dance, the College’s S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series remains committed to presenting contemporary dance companies in residence, with the long-term support of South Arts’ Dance Touring Initiative. In recent years, the series has presented performances by Ballet Memphis, Bodytraffic, David Dorfman Dance, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dorrance Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Parsons Dance Company, Philadanco, River North Dance Chicago, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence: A Dance Company and Urban Bushwomen.

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Jessica Teague

Jessica Teague

As a professional dancer, Jessica Teague spent most of her 20-year dance career in Europe working with the Dutch National Ballet in the Netherlands, the Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden and the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium. Jessica received her first professional job with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle Washington after completing her training with the Boston Ballet and the School of American Ballet in New York.

Jessica has performed a wide variety of classical, neo-classical and contemporary repertoire and toured extensively around the world to dance festivals including the Edinburgh Arts festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Moscow Golden Mask Festival and the Shanghai World Expo. She has performed at venues in over fifty cities including the Bolshoi Theatre, Sadler’s Wells London, Paris Opéra Bastille, and Grande Teatro La Fenice (see dance portfolio for photos and videos). She feels privileged to have worked personally with many of today’s leading choreographers including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Wayne McGregor, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Krzysztof Pastor, David Dawson, Nicolo Fonte, Christopher Wheeldon, Christian Spuck, Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, and numerous members of the Balanchine Trust.

Jessica holds a MA in Cultural Policy and Management from City University London and also a BA in Art History and Criticism from The British Open University. Since 2013 she has worked as a professional dance journalist and researcher contributing regularly to Dance Magazine (EU) and the International Consortium for the Advancement of Choreography (ICONS, Washington, DC) as well as numerous other print and digital publications. She is co-author of the book Ballet: the Definitive Illustrated Story published internationally in 2018 by DK Random House.

Jessica is currently a faculty member at UNC’s East Carolina University where she is Assistant Professor of Dance.