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#MeetTheArtist | Meet Jessica

Jessica Markiewicz is a Baltimore-based dancer and dance educator who has been performing and teaching professionally for the past 10 years. She began her early training in the Cecchetti method at the Carter School of Dance, and later studied Vaganova with Slava Mesropov at the Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland. She has also attended summer programs at The Washington School of Ballet, the Kirov Academy in Washington DC, and American Ballet Theater. Jessica graduated with a BA in Dance from Goucher College, and earned an MA in Dance Education with a concentration in Ballet Pedagogy from New York University. In addition to performing with Ballet Embody, she has also performed numerous classical and contemporary roles with Misako Ballet Company. Jessica is the director of the dance program at Arundel High School, and currently teaches dance and yoga in AACPS.

Jessica has danced with Ballet Embody since its founding and has originated roles in the Company's Annabel Lee, Masque of the Red Death, and many others.

Astrological Sign

on the cusp between Sagittarius and Capricorn

Favorite Food

macaroni and cheese

Favorite Color

yellow. Or kelly green (iykyk)

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Favorite Book

right now its Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Favorite Movie

Kill Bill Vol 1&2, or Cruella

Favorite Music/Artist/Band/Musical Genre

Lady Gaga and Cardi B

Favorite Place to Be

My house <3

If you were a dinosaur, which dinosaur would you be?


Do you have any pets? If so, tell us about it/them!

Two cats: Albus and Zelda. And Princess Acorn, the squirrel on my patio I feed peanuts to.

What is your favorite full length ballet/variation/performance? Why?

Variation-- Walpurgisnacht

Classical ballet- Giselle, Serenade

Contemporary Ballet- In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and In the Upper Room

Why do you dance?

so I can wear all the leotards I buy

If you wear pointe shoes, what kind do you wear? If not pointe shoes, what kind of flat shoes do you prefer?

Gaynor Minden

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What other jobs/activities/talents/passions do you pursue?

I like knitting sweaters, birdwatching, civil war history, shooting, and making cocktails.

From our followers: Do you have another job(s)? If so, what do you do?

I teach dance and yoga full time in AACPS at Arundel High School. I used to bartend which was my favorite job ever.

What are you looking forward to this season with Ballet Embody?

dancing with my friends

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