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Jessica Cohen

Dancer

Jessica was born in San Francisco, California. She began her training at San Francisco Ballet School where she also performed with the Company before joining English National Ballet School. She joined Northern Ballet in 2012.

Learn more about Jessica

Due to unforeseen circumstances Jessica was unable to rejoin us after the 2012/13 season and since joined Sarasota Ballet, Florida.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in San Francisco, California, and raised in Marin County.

Where did you do your dance training?

I originally started dancing at a small local studio, then when I became serious about pursuing ballet as a career I moved to the San Francisco Ballet School. I spent 4 years in the school at the San Francisco Ballet, and from the school was selected by the Artistic Director of the company to join the Trainee Program.

During my year as a trainee I trained both in the school and performed with the company. After my year as a Trainee, I came to the English National Ballet School in London, for my graduate year.

What made you want to be a dancer?

Every since I was a little girl, I loved performing. I was constantly dancing, singing, and putting on shows in my house, I have always been very imaginative and playful in that way. As I grew older, the feeling of empowerment and the rush of joy that I felt dancing on stage really became stronger, and I knew that being a dancer is my passion in life and what I want to pursue!

What would be your dream role and why?

There are so many roles that I hope to dance one day, but one that has always been a dream of mine is Juliet from Romeo & Juliet.

I think it would be a really fulfilling process to develop such an iconic character, and to dance with such raw human emotion. What I love about dancing is the ability is has to convey a message, or to tell a story, and I think Juliet is the perfect character to have as a venue for that type of dramatic work! I also absolutely adore Prokofiev’s score!

Who are your artistic influences or heroes?

Among a long list, Margot Fonteyn and Lynn Seymour are both huge inspirations to me. They were both incredibly individual ballerinas, and also such dramatic and generous dancers, which I strive to be.

A teacher of mine, Jean-Yves Esquerre is an artistic hero to me because he taught me to believe in myself and to constantly push myself to improve and grow as a dancer, and not to give up hope or determination.

Describe your perfect Sunday morning?

My perfect Sunday morning I would wake up, and head straight out to the farmers market! From there I would go for a hike or a walk, at home in California by the beautiful bay, or in one of the many gorgeous parks in the UK! Then home for a coffee and brunch with my family

More about Jessica Cohen

Read an interview with Jessica on BalletNews.com