About JCWK

Jessica C. Warchal-King is a Philly-based performer, choreographer, educator, and arts advocate. She earned her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Temple University, where she was awarded a Teaching/ Research Assistantship, a Dance Scholarship, and the Temple University Rose Vernick Award for Artistic Transformation. Jessica earned her BA in Dance and Anthropology from Muhlenberg College where she received the Dance Leadership Award and was the Assistant to the Director of the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center. Jessica is also a trained instructor in Dance for PD - a program developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group to bring dance to people with Parkinson's Disease and a Power Pilates Mat I & II Certified Instructor.

Jessica is a member of the internationally recognized modern dance company, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and the regionally recognized contemporary ballet company, Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet. With both companies, Jessica has toured nationally and internationally and has performed at some of the premier dance venues in the US. She has also performed for many independent choreographers in Philadelphia, New York, and the Virginia/ DC area. Her choreography has been presented in venues throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Washington DC area, and Virginia. Jessica is the co-founder and curator of the InHale Performance Series, presented by Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in Philadelphia. Jessica is also a contributor for the dance blog DanceAdvantage.net.

Additionally, Jessica enjoys the quiet energy of the morning, singing cardinals, dragonflies, and the shifting temper of the ocean. She actively seeks out opportunities to play with puppies, shuffle in fall leaves, and engage in deep conversations about dance, art, life, and changing the world over a long walk, coffee, tea, or gluten-free snacks. Jessica digs into the (sometimes surprising) talents and gifts of her community and creates safe spaces from which these can be shared.

Jessica's teaching credits include:
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. (Freshmen Performance and Technique. Ballet. Intermediate Modern.)
Widener University, Chester, PA. (All levels of Modern Dance. Repertory.)
Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange, Center Valley, PA. (Modern Dance Master Class.)
CHI Movement Arts Center, home of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Philadelphia, PA. (Dance for PD (Parkinson's Disease), Ballet, Modern Dance.)
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. (Ballet Master Class.)
MM2 Modern Dance, Ardmore, PA. (Ballet Master Class.)
Alvernia University, Reading, PA. (Artist in Residence. All levels of Ballet, Tap, Broadway/ Show Dance, Modern Dance, Pointe. Developed and implemented a service-learning based Dance Appreciation course and a service-learning based Broadway Dance course. Directed and choreographed four dance concerts. Choreographed for Theatre production of "Oklahoma!")
West Chester University, West Chester, PA. (Guest artist, Modern and Ballet.)
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. (Artist in Residence. Ballet. Entry to Dance as Art. Embodying Pluralism. The Philadelphia Dance Experience. BFA Senior Thesis Direction. Repertory. Guest artist in Modern and Jazz.)
Old Dominion University. (Guest artist, Modern.)

Jessica's memberships include:
Dance USA
National Dance Educators' Organization
Pilates Method Alliance
International Association of Dance Medicine and Science
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania

Jessica 's presentations include:
National Dance Educators' Organization, National Conference - Diversity. Opportunity. Community. Bridging student and professional artists with Service Learning. 
National Dance Education Organization, National Conference - Integrating Mindfulness and Movement into the fabric of a professional dance organization. 
Reading Hospital, Parkinson's Support Group
National Dance Educators' Organization - Practicing Performance in the Undergraduate Setting: Peering into the performance and process of microcosmic current.
National Dance Educators' Organization - Embodying Pluralism: a curricular design for the 21st Century.
Reading Hospital, Celiac Disease Support Group

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