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Jessica Richens

Jessica Richens

Jessica's love for dance began at age three. She's studied many styles, including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, musical theater, and tap. During this time, she had numerous performance, competition, and convention opportunities, and has held many titles.

Jessica then went on to work professionally in entertainment. Her television credits include: So You Think You Can Dance: Season 11, where she was the 1st runner-up, The Ellen Show, Live with Kelley and Ryan, Dancing with the Stars, The Masked Singer, and more. Jessica has danced in music videos and performed live with artists such as Taylor Swift. She's worked for Conde Nast, Bellagio, Radio City, Nike, Exxon Mobile, Tilly’s, and Disney World.

Currently, Jessica works with global superstar and electronic violinist, Lindsey Stirling, as well as appearing on The Space TV.

As a professional dancer and dance educator, Jessica has extensive experience training dancers from around the world, as well as assisting top dance professionals. When Jessica's not performing, she dedicates her time and love of dance to inspire budding dancers of all ages. Her career's taken her to Shanghai, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. She's taught for conventions such as XChange, Titans of Dance, Revel, and assisted for RADIX and JUMP, as well as trained with top industry professionals Shannon Mather, Krista Miller, Talia Favia, Mark Meismer, and Tessandra Chavez. She also enjoys traveling to studios throughout the United States to offer her expertise in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and technique via intensives and master classes.

Jessica believes that a dance class with her is more than just training. She expects a shared exchange of energy with you, and creates a safe space by motivating with both love and discipline. Jessica values your uniqueness, regardless of ability, and expects you to push yourself and work hard. Her aim is to guide you to your full potential, and enhance your respect for yourself as an artist. It’s Jessica’s belief that you are worthy of your best, and she uses her technical training and unique performance quality to create meaningful and healing stories through movement. She hopes that through these stories, you're encouraged to live as a better human and create your best life.

Jessica Richens
  • School's In: "Final Showcase" - Ep08

    You've put in the work and learned the fundamentals of jazz, now it’s time to put it all to practice! We’ve created a super fun final showcase routine, combining all the elements you’ve learned ... and we've paired it all with sassy jazz movement! Get ready to have some fun and show off your impr...

  • School's In "Beginner Jazz Leaps" - Ep06

    Leaps are all about strength, flexibility, and, ultimately.. effort! We break down how to take off for a leap and how to land correctly. You'll learn how to passé jump, split leap, and even do a firebird! Don’t worry, it sounds a lot harder than it is. Get ready to FLY in today’s class!
    Level: B...

  • Jazz "Wind it Up" / Jessica Richens

    This routine is super fun and flirty, while incorporating technique and intricate movement. With this throwback song we’ll start off super grounded and sharp, then you can add your own flare and style to make it your own!
    Level: Intermediate/Advanced
    Your Instructor: Jessica Richens
    Music: "Wi...

  • School's In: Jazz Battements & Leg Holds - Ep04

    Battements & leg holds are very popular elements in jazz! But it’s important to know that the height of the legs are not the most important part, it’s your technique that matters most! Once your technique is solid, you can start focusing on getting your legs more flexible. Learn to master these ...

  • School's In: Arabesques & Penchés - Ep05

    In this class let's focus on a very important jazz line: the arabesque! Then, we'll take it another step further and work on penchés. Don’t let penchés make you nervous, as we’ll go step by step to make sure you can execute them well. Be patient with yourself, these techniques can take time but w...

  • School's In: Jazz Turns Part 2 - Ep03

    A continuation of your turns class, let's take it a step further and learn how to pirouette, coupé turn, and pencil turn! It may feel like you have to remember a million things at once, but with enough practice, it’ll all be second nature! As always, expect a short combination at the end of clas...

  • TRAILER! School's In: Beginner Jazz Series / Jess & Lex

    You'll love this 8 part beginner series teaching you jazz and beyond! Each class ends with a small performance/practice and the entire curriculum builds towards a final Jazz Combo incorporating everything you've learned!
    Level: Beginner
    Your instructors: Jessica Richens & Alexis Gilbert


  • School's In: Jazz Turns Part 1 - Ep02

    Let’s focus on turns! There are so many ways you can incorporate turning into your jazz training. Make sure you keep your core tight, keep a specific spot, and have the right placement. Let's dive into how to execute chaîné turns, piqué turns, and how to prepare for a pirouette! We’ll end the cl...

  • School's In: Beginner Jazz / Jess & Lex - Ep01

    You'll love this all new 8 episode Beginner Series with Jessica Richens & Alexis Gilbert!
    In your first class, you'll learn the fundamentals of strong technique and jazz! We'll work on how to do a proper and confident jazz walk, pas de bureauxs, and pivot turns! Then, this class (and every class...

  • Jess & Lex's Beginner Series: "Musical Theatre" - Ep07

    Are you ready to have some fun? This upbeat musical theater combo is a blast to learn and perform for family or friends! We're taking it back to the 60's with some shimmy’s and jives!
    Level: Beginner
    Your instructor: Alexis Gilbert & Jessica Richens

  • Jess & Lex's Beginner Series: "JAZZ!" - Ep06

    A fun, beginner Jazz routine with Jessica Richens! This high energy combo is a blast to learn and dance to... so get ready to perform, sass it up, and have fun!
    Level: Beginner
    Your instructor: Jessica Richens
    Assisted by Kaitlin Yamano

  • Jess & Lex's Beginner Series: "Lyrical" - Ep04

    Take a breather and join Jessica Richens in this feel-good beginner piece to an intimate rendition of “Never Enough.” This beautiful lyrical combo incorporates moments of breath and lets you focus on your quality of movement, all in which are essential features of Lyrical choreography!
    Level: Beg...

  • Jess & Lex's Beginner Series: Jazz Funk - Ep03

    Although technique is very important, style and movement matter just as much! In this class, you’ll learn a high energy combination that focuses on grooves, dynamics, performance, and more! All the tools you need to grow confidence in your movement. Throw on your sneakers, let your hair down, and...

  • Jess & Lex's Beginner Series: "Turns" - Ep02

    This class focuses on the fundamentals of turning. We start with how to spot, chaîné turn, piqué turn, and work up to doing a pirouette! This class is perfect for beginners who are eager to learn everything there is to know about being successful at turning! Remember to do our warm-up video befo...

  • Jess & Lex's Beginner Series: "Warm Up" - Ep01

    You know 'em from "So You Think You Can Dance" and more, now you can join Jessica Richens & Alexis Gilbert in The Space TV's exclusive, all new Beginner Series. In this first class, you can work with Jess & Lex work on strengthening and stretching with their full body warm up to ensure you’re re...

  • TRAILER - Jess & Lex's Beginner Series

    An all new beginner series with Jessica Richens and Alexis Gilbert, teaching you everything from Jazz, Contemporary, Jazz Funk, and Musical Theater, to working on your Turns, Flexibility, Warm Ups, and so much more!

    Your ins...