Jessica Marie Gray started dancing at the age of two in her hometown of Rowett, TX. She attended the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance. There she performed or choreographed, all four of her college years, with Dance Action in Students Exhibiting Experimental Dance(SEED), a production that is put on every semester by the students with faculty oversight. She performed in “Phoenix”(2011),”Skin & Bones”, “Untitled”(2012), and “So Live”(2014). She also choreographed and danced “Restricted relief”(2013) and then “JUNKy”(2014). She also danced at a member of Dance Repertory Theatre her sophomore to senior year. As a member of D.R.T. she was able to perform in almost every semester’s show, when she was not recovering from a recurring shoulder injury. Some of her performance experience includes: “Promenade” by Robert Battle(2012), “Orchid”by Prof. Holly Williams(2013), “Unspeakable Truths” by student Stacy Skolnik(2013), “Seasons” by student Hillary Richerson(2014), “SEETHE” by Charles O. Anderson(2014), “In the world of Things and Stuff” by Ellen Bartel, “Wilderness: A Requiem for J.M.” by Kate Watson-Wallace(2015). She also had the pleasure of choreographing “Five”, a piece about the grieving process, in her last semester at UT for her Final DRT performance.
She has already performed with Dance Waterloo in Underpass Over the Skylines, as a part of East Austin Studio Tours in November 2015, and as a part of National Water Dance Day at Slaughter Creek in April of 2016.