I am inspired to make art through dance. As a performer, I have a burning drive to move (literally), and to move others – ignite feeling. Art, specifically dance, makes me feel in touch with the grand theatre of human nature in even the most delicate ways. My craft is nurtured through travel, learning about diverse cultures, listening to the stories of others, and acknowledging the power of stillness. Whether I am interpreting another artists work or creating my own movement vocabulary, this awareness informs and stirs my creative drive to bring a simple instance into a realization of unique beauty.
I seek smart, imaginative, and sensuous work that is grounded and athletic. I yearn to draw audiences in with subtly while sprinkling a dash of spectacle, all in the same performance. With classical ballet roots, a love for jazz, musical theater, and modern dance; layering intention, virtuosity, lines, and grace feels challenging and satisfying.
Together, lets evolve past the stereotype of 'the starving artist'. Investing time and money in my craft (ode to the woe of student loans) has unveiled the importance of business savvy and creativity working together in harmony. It is my goal as an arts ambassador to do my part in educating and preparing the next generation of dancers for these challenges. Let us grow smart movers who can balance passion with strategy.
The chaos of life excites me, and I can only hope it will layer my craft with complexity and depth.
May we connect, share, build, and inspire – happy dancing.
Jessica Anne Marino (B.A. Dance, Point Park University) is a Pittsburgh based arts administrator, educator, and performing artist. Raised on a horse farm in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, her training started at Schubert School of Dance Arts and was part of the first graduating class of the Lehigh Valley Performing Arts Charter High School and continued on to earn a Bachlor of Arts in Dance from Point Park University. Jessica maintains deep roots in her hometown and passionately activates for growth of community dance opportunities as Co-Director of Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange (LVDE). Marino has contributed to building LVDE programs such as choreography commissions, open masterclasses and showcases, and the annual SpringUP Dance Festival - now in its sixth season. After 5 years as artist manager with River City Artists Management, in 2017 Marino founded JAMpress Management, a brand which fosters bringing ideas to the spotlight and provides support services for the performing arts industry with a focus on dance. Marino is co director of TRACKS // Where will dance take you? - the kick off collaboration between Kat Nasti Dance and JAMpress Management. TRACKS // is a grass roots touring initiative providing selected artists a path for growth outside of home cities.
Miss Marino is a collaborator with STAYCEE PEARL dance project (SPdp), Shana Simmons Dance, and active free-lance dancer. In 2014, Jessica (choreographer/dancer) collaborated with Joanna Dauner (designer), Emre Karagozler (engineer), and Shana Simmons (dancer) on cube[d]. This project was supported by Disney Research Pittsburgh and resulted in a performative, interactive installation in which artists use new technology to explore the relationship between movement and energy. In 2015 Jessica was nominated as an emerging artist for the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement awards.
Past professional performances includes work with; EVOLVE Productions/Continuum Dance Theater, Jamie Erin Murphy, Jasmine Hearn, Maree ReMalia, Attack Theater, Kathleen Bibalo-Nasti, Michael Walsh, Michele Van Doeren, Riva Strauss, Alyce Finwall, Beth Jucovy, Sarah Carlson, Gina Mento, Monarch Dance Company and appearing as guest artist with SPdp for University of Pittsburgh Stages production of, In the Heights.
Jessica is an adjunct faculty member at University of Pittsburgh and on the creative team of the Center for Theater Arts (CTA). Choreography credits including CTA's; Zombie Prom, Music Man, Singing in the Rain, Camp Rock, Pippin, Urinetown the Musical, and Godspell, 13 the musical, High School Musical, Footloose, and Leader of the Pack. Additional choreography projects include Opera Theater Pittsburgh's productions of Julius Caesar ('16) and The Merry Widow ('15), Infatuation ('15) and Cut loose ('16) created for a cast of Pitt Dance Ensemble students, as well as University of Pittsburgh Stages production of, NINE ('16).