B.A., University of Florida
M.F.A., Florida State University
Jessica Mayhew has an M.F.A. degree from Florida State University in Performance and Choreography. Here, she performed with Dance Repertory Theatre and in works by José Limón, Gerri Houlihan, Michael Foley, Andrew Noble, Tim Glenn and Lynda Davis to name a few. Some of Jessica’s professional performance credits include Florida Dance Theater, Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, Jackie O’Toole and Dancers, along with being featured in a film documentary of Alberto Alonso’s life, “Dance of My Heart,” who was the co-founder of the National Ballet of Cuba. Jessica studied closely with Mr. Alonso for over 7 years while working toward her undergraduate degrees and beginning her professional career in teaching and performing. He left an indelible mark on her teaching and choreographic styles.
She has presented her work internationally in Kazakhstan as a collaboration with Peter Kalivas and the PGK Project, Inc. of San Diego, commissioned through the United States Embassy. Nationally, Jessica’s work has been produced at multiple venues and festivals along the East Coast. From N.Y.C. to Homestead, FL., she has been commissioned to set work for various companies, studios and independent artists.
Jessica has served as the professor of Ballet at Florida School of the Arts, St Johns River State College, in Palatka, Florida since 2014. Here, she teaches a variety of technique classes, choreographs for dance concerts and musicals, and enjoys photographing dancers in action.