Jessica Marie Gray started dancing at the age of two in her hometown of Rowett, TX. She quickly came to the realization that dance was what she wanted to do. By the age of 7 she began competing in dance competitions with Rowlett Dance Academy in 1999. She competed with RDA until the age of 14, winning many solo achievements at competitions like Starpower©️, Odyssey©️, Starquest©️and many others.
Upon entering high school she competed with Broadway Dance Center in Garland, TX as a member of Sr. Company. She then moved studios her senior year and competed with the Senior Team at XD2 Dance Center.
She was also a member of the drill team at Rowlett High School. She was the Junior Varsity Lieutenant her freshman year, a Silverette member of the Silver Rhythm Dancers being awarded “#1 Score” of her entering class, and then a Jr. Lieutenant and finally, First Lieutenant her senior year.
Once Jessica graduated from high school in 2011, 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 choreographed and danced “Restricted relief”(2013) and then “JUNKy”(2014). She also danced as a member of Dance Repertory Theatre, her sophomore to senior year. She had the pleasure of taking master classes from Complexions Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Dance Theatre X, and David Parsons Dance, among many others. 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.
Jessica has continued her dance training and performance experience with Dance Waterloo for 2 years now and has immersed herself in every new site. In those two years, Jessica has performed in “Skylines Under the Overpass” as part of the East Austin Studio tours, “Panorama Playground” off Lady Bird Lake, and “Off the Wall” at House Skate Park as part of the West Austin Studio Tours.
Outside of dance, Jessica works at a Veterinary Clinic and is teaching dance. She also enjoys spending time with her family and her two amazing dogs, Bear and Chance.