Jessica Featherson

Jessica Featherson is a graduate of Temple University BFA dance degree program, with a minor in Latin American Studies. She has had extensive study and practice with the contemporary African dance technique, Umfundalai and performed with Kariamu & Company: Traditions, under the direction of mentor and founder, Dr. Kariamu Welsh. Jessica has performed with NYC based companies, Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement and Eyrc Taylor Dance at festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Harlem Stage E-moves, and the International Festival Avante Garde in Merida, Mexico.  Her interest in arts management landed her a position with the New York Dance and Performance Awards aka The Bessie’s, where she served as Assistant to Senior Staff and Development Assistant.  She is an original cast member of the theatrical production, The Clothesline Muse, a collaboration by Grammy nominated jazz singer and composer Nnenna Freelon, choreographer, Kariamu Welsh, and visual artist Maya Freelon Asante. Jessica has studied abroad in Mexico and Brazil, and is especially focused on the relationship between music and dance in specific cultural regions. She has also traveled to Havana, Cuba, with choreographer Ronald K. Brown, to study folkloric and contemporary dance under the auspices of the Joyce Theater Foundation travel program. Jessica is a part of the inaugural MFA in dance cohort  at Rutgers University/Mason Gross. She is interested in deepening her inquiry, study, and practice of sacred, social, folkloric, and contemporary dances within Afro-Latino communities in the Caribbean and South America.