Biography

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Jessica Gabrielle Thomas is a native of Detroit, MI. She obtains a M.F.A in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Thomas also received a B.F.A in Dance from Wright State University. She currently instructs/assists classical ballet at Christina’s Adult Ballet, The Foundation House, and Juliana's School of Dance. Thomas is also a part time classical ballet professor at Wayne State University. She assists as well as instructs ballet on online platforms such as Zoom Meetings and Google Meetings. Thomas performed in American Ballet Theater's Sleeping Beauty as Ariana during its run at the Michigan Opera Theatre. She has also performed extensively throughout New York City, NY; Dayton, OH; and Detroit, MI for companies such as Dayton Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet International, Naomi Goldberg Haas, and Ohio Dance Theater also in collaboration with Verbs Ballet. Her most recent choreographic work entitled Mandela/Angelou is featured in Pointe Magazine as Editor's choice for pointe video of the month. Thomas was also featured in an article for the Herald Tribune of her choreographic work entitled " Consent (?)" which was performed for Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company's summer intensive at University of Florida's “In The Round” as emerging choreographer. Thomas' choreographic works have been presented at the Arts League of Michigan, Detroit Dance Race, Detroit Dance City Festival, Ascendence Dance Chicago, Biomorphic Dance Festival, Alone, Not Lonely, The Breath Project, MODArts Dance Collective, Brighton Dance Festival, to name a few. She is currently a professional ballet company member for Ballet Edge Detroit. Thomas is a professional educator, choreographer, and performer.