Jessica Batten trained with New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble under Nancy Turano and graduated cum Laude from SUNY Purchase, with a BFA in Dance. Ms. Batten has danced professionally with: NJDTE, Cedar Lake II, Connecticut Ballet, Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico of NY, Nimbus Dance Works, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and withThe Metropolitan Opera Ballet; among many other companies and choreographers. Ms. Batten was invited to perform in Cali, Colombia in the Fifth Annual International Dance Festival 2011, representing the USA with Earl Mosely’s Diversity of Dance, and has traveled the world performing and teaching. She has also performed with the Kirov Ballet at The Metropolitan Opera House in NYC, and has been an invited artist for the Cape Dance Festival. In 2008, she appeared on the AMICI Television Show in Rome, Italy, dancing as a Guest Profesionista on the series. Additionally she has appeared in film and several more recent TV credits, such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Ms. Batten enjoys teaching, coaching, and choreographing in addition to her performance career. While conducting master workshops and residencies throughout New England and abroad, Ms. Batten is also the Ballet Mistress & Rehearsal Director, for NJDTE, and has staged several Ballets for the company. She has been on faculty at The Joffrey Ballet School, NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble, Columbus Pre-School, and The School of Nimbus Dance Works. Additionally, Ms. Batten has been the Guest Artist in Residence for the last five years at The Putney School in Vermont, and also for the World Dance summer program, at Amherst College, in Massachusetts. Most recently, Ms. Batten has been named Director of Dance, at The Putney School in Vermont. She will begin at the end of the summer, for the academic year, and is very excited for this new opportunity!
On March 3, 2016