Jessilyn Ray

Jessilyn has over 23 years of dance training experience, and 8 years of teaching experience. During middle & high school she attended summer programs at Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and Next Generation Ballet, led by Peter Start in Tampa FL. She also toured with East Coast Ballet as a lead in their original work “Spellbound”. She attended Douglass Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major, and at 17 received scholarship to become a trainee with Joffrey Ballet school and moved to New York. There she trained under teachers including Desmond Richardson, Michael Blake, and Era Jouravlev. She performed for choreographers including, Sekou Miller, Lane Gifford, and Bradley Shelver. She went on to dance professionally with a Florida based company called Unforced Rhythms, was featured in a commercial alongside Alicia Keys, and performed as a background dancer for Karen Hornsby. She has taught and choreographed for studios including Lotus Creations sponsored by HBO, Dulce Anaya, Felicia’s Dance School, Public School 11 , and is now excited to be teaching at Synergy!