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Jess Dexter

Discipline: Dance
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, French

Jess began pursuing her passion for dance in Vancouver. In 1998, she designed and implemented a dance program for secondary school students and has been teaching in schools ever since. It is her goal to reach as many students as possible with empowering, affordable workshops, especially to those who are marginalized and/or have never been exposed to the art of dance. While living in Los Angeles, she trained extensively in two performing dance companies and completed her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a focus on secondary physical education.


"It was very impressive how well you were able to connect with the students at UA. You are a great dance teacher!." Sean Kitts, Physical Education Teacher, Urban Academy Senior School, New Westminster

Performances & Workshops

Dance Workshop

Grade Suitability: K -12
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: 60 students/workshop, max 450
Tech Requirements: Sound system details including auxiliary cord and set-up for wireless microphone to be worked out prior to worksop. Jess will provide the wireless microphone and has access to a small speaker if none is available.
Fee Range: $845-$1,045 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

Jess teaches 13 styles. New Style Hip Hop, Jazz and African Dance are her specialties. Engaging, inspiring and empowering programs are tailored to the school's vision, goals and budget including dance styles, number of workshops (1-10 per student,) group sizes and choice of student performance and/or student-made choreography mentorship/feedback and adjudication on the presentation day. Professional development is also offered for the school's teachers. For more information, visit

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