Jess Adams

Dancer. Aerialist. Acrobat. Choreographer.

Photo by Matt Emig

Photo by Matt Emig

Professional Experience

Company Performance

Project Moshen Dance Company Company Dancer Sept 2018-Present

  • Production Shows: Excerpts, Pursuit of Happiness

  • Venues: Mutter Museum, 23rd Street Armory, Performance Garage 

Brian Sanders’ JUNK Dancer/Acrobat/Aerialist Nov 2018-Present

  • Production Shows: Adventures in The Arctic Elf Trade and other tales from The Pole, Romeo & Juliet

  • Venues: JUNK, Verizon Hall-Kimmel Center

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre                      Dancer/Acrobat/Singer/Actress                   Oct 2017-Present

  • Production Shows: Human Camouflage: The Discoveries of Jeanne Baret, Dancing Through The Decades, Sowing, SCRIMMAGE, The Fleecing, Harvest, etc.

  • Venues: New York Botanical Garden, Philadelphia Convention Center, MAAS Building, Philadelphia Art Museum

  • Education & Community Programs: Young Audiences of NJ and Eastern PA & AlmanAcro

Almanac at The Fillmore  Photo by Robin Stamey

Almanac at The Fillmore

Photo by Robin Stamey



Norwegian Creative Studios --Jewel                Dancer/Aerialist                                         Oct 2016-June 2017

  • Production Shows: Le Cirque Bijou, Band on The Run, White Hot, Latin, Let's Get Loud, Vacation, Mamma Mia!

  • Touring: Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Columbia, Mexico, Alaska, & Canada

Norwegian Jewel  Photo by James Grice

Norwegian Jewel

Photo by James Grice

Ballet Inc. The Series: Vol. 1                              Patti Crumrine Choreography                         July 2016

Junk Snowball Fundraiser                                 Brian Sanders                                                      Feb 2016

Heather Gaffin                                                       TrancenDance Company                                          Oct-Jan 2012

Freelance Performance

“Magic Me” Aerial Sling Act Secret Circus Philadelphia Oct 2018

"Lights" Dance Trapeze Solo Act

Secret Circus Showcase                                      Secret Circus Philadelphia            June 2018                   

"Un-Numbing" solo choreography/performance

ETC Performance Series                                      Community Education Center     May 2018

RAW: Philadelphia presents SAVOR                  Trocadero Theatre                         Oct 2017

Koresh Artist Showcase                                        Koresh Black Box Theatre            Oct 2017


Dance Film/Entertainment under direction of Walt Ribeiro                                                                      2014

Bat Mitzvah Hip Hop Dance Event personal hire by Craig Alter                                                              2014 

un-numbing  Photo by Kevin Smith


Photo by Kevin Smith


Dance Instructor/Choreographer                                                                              June 2016-Present

Stars Dance Center, Willow Grove

Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Acro, Strengthening, Improvisation, Private Lessons

Edge Dance Company Nov 2018-Present

Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro, Strengthening, Improvisation/Choreography, Private Lessons

Releve Dance Academy Sept 2018-Present

Lyrical, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Strength & Conditioning

Dance Dynamics, Huntingdon Valley                                                Nov 2017-Nov 2018

Hip Hop

Production Cast Dance Instructor                                                                             Dec 2016-June 2017

Norwegian Jewel

Cardio & Strength, Partnering, Jazz, Cha Cha

Dance Fitness Instructor                                                                                               May-August 2016

  12th Street Gym, Philadelphia

  Dance Fitness Class: Hip Hop, Modern, and Strengthening fusion

Dance Instructor/Guest Artist                                                                                     Sept 2013-August 2015

Edge Dance Company

Jazz, Strengthening

Dance Instructor/Choreographer                                                                              Sept 2010-January 2014

Stars Studio of Dance and Performing Arts

Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Competition


Guest Judge at Stars Dance Center                                                                             February 2016

Miscellaneous Experience

Super Spartan Race at Blue Mountain Palmerton, PA                                           July 8th, 2017

Resident Assistant for Peridance BLUEPRINT Intensive                                        August 2016

Photo by Ibn

Photo by Ibn

Aerial/acrobatic training

Upper Merion Dance and Gymnastics        King of Prussia, PA                          Mar 2018 - Present

Training from Lex Peters

  • Tumbling, Trampoline, Uneven Bars, Beam, Floor

Secret Circus                                                     Philadelphia, PA                            June 2017 - Present

Training from Niff Nicholls

  • Aerial Silks, Rope, Trapeze, Dance Trapeze, Sling, etc.

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts              Philadelphia, PA                            Oct 2017 - Present

Training from Almanac Dance Circus Theatre

  • Tumbling, Partner/Ensemble Acrobatics, Theater, Improvisation, Juggling, Hoop Jumping, etc.

The University of the Arts


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

BFA in Dance with honors & scholarship (Resident Assistant & Writing Fellow Tutor)                                                     Aug 2012 - May 2016

Ballet: Meredith Rainey, Michael Sheridan, Riolama Lorenzo, Andrew Pap, Arancha Baselga, Alexander Iziliaev, Eva Szabo, "KB"/Karen Brown, Denis Gronostayskiy, Anastasia Babayeva, Suzanne Slenn, Anne White

Modern: Katie Swords Thurman, Jesse Zaritt, Kim Bears-Bailey, Curt Haworth, Gary Jeter, Jung-eun Kim, Bronwen MacArthur, Shannon Murphy

Jazz: Wayne St. David, Ronen Koresh, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Molly Misgalla, Donald Lunsford

Hip Hop: Kyle & Dinita Clark, Tyger B, Virgil Gladson

Improvisation: Jung-eun Kim, Marion Ramirez, Nicole Revelli, Meredith Glisson, Connie Michael

Gyrokenisis & Body Pathways: Jennifer Binford Johnson       

Aerial: Jennifer "Niff" Nicholls

Tap: Robert Burden                

Yoga: Jonathan Raiss              

Pilates: Sasha Welsh


Shen Wei Summer Intensive at UArts with Sara Procopio (full scholarship)                                 Aug 2014 - Aug 2014



Performed student choreographed works by Colin Heininger, Katie Cohen, Courtney Conigatti, Erin Nifong, Shelby Glidden, Solice Surles, Kelsey Canta, Brittany Davis, Christine Gilbert, Ashley Carrizo, Gary Reagan, Jaylen Clay, & Kleionne McDavid

Photo by Colin Heininger

Photo by Colin Heininger

The School At Jacob's Pillow

Becket, Massachusetts

Social Dances: Jazz to Hip Hop                                                                                      Jul 2015 - Aug 2015

Directors/Instructors: E. Moncell Durden & Camille A. Brown

Guest Artists: Francine Ott, Adesola Osakalumi                                            

Augusta Heritage Festival at Davis & Elkins College

Elkins, West Virginia                             

Festival Dance Workshops                                                                                                  Aug 2015

Charleston/Lindy Hop: Mary Christensen

Vernacular Jazz: Ann Kilkelly

Afro-Caribbean: Laurie Goux

Stars Studio of Dance and Performing Arts

Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

Studio Dance Training                                                                                                        Sep 1998 - Jun 2012                              

Jazz: Wayne St. David

Modern: Jaclyn Dougherty, Gabrielle Wright

Hip Hop: Eric Moncell Durden, DJ Smart

Acro: DJ Smart, Jaclyn Dougherty, Jennifer Allen Donsky

Ballet: Jennifer Leigh, Beth Hansen


Photo by Ibn

Photo by Ibn




Festival of Senior Dance Works                     The University of the Arts                                        Fall 2015


Summer Catharsis                                                                                                                     

Independent Dance Film                                The University of the Arts                                        Summer 2015


Sweatshirt & Shades                                                                                                                      

Independent Dance Film                                The University of the Arts                                        Spring 2015



Independent Dance Film                                The University of the Arts                                        Spring 2015


Girl On Fire                                                                                              

Independent Dance Film                                The University of the Arts                                        Summer 2013