Jessie Owens is a performing artist, choreographer and a certified massage therapist. She is the founder of ERGO Movement, a collaborative performance project based in Burlington, Vermont. Her intentions within this venture are to make candid and accessible works, to expand the appreciation of dance and performance on a local scale in Vermont, and to foster collaborative relationships with other artists and performers.
Jessie holds a BA in Dance and a minor in German Studies from Smith College, where she attended as an Ada Comstock scholar, or a non-traditional student. There, she learned to embrace her non-traditional status, and she created her own works and performed in works by choreographers Chris Aiken, Candice Saylers, Joy Davis, Katie Martin, and Annie Rudnick. While at Smith, her work, An Accidental Flourish Caused by a Sudden Change of Direction was selected to represent the Smith College Dance Department’s undergraduate work at the American College Dance Festival Association at Boston University in 2014.
From 2002 to 2012, she performed with Burlington’s Spielpalast Cabaret, a non-profit dance and theater company, modeled after German Weimar Era cabarets, and was the group’s art director and co-producer from 2005 until 2013. She co-produced performances annually in Burlington and throughout Vermont, as well as the group’s venture to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2011.
In addition to her work with ERGO movement, Jessie collaborates and performs with other Vermont-based choreographers and companies, which have included Hanna Satterlee, Murmurations Dance, and Joy Madden. She is the current Vice President of the Vermont Dance Alliance, a non-profit organization serving as a foundation for dancers and a public platform for dance in Vermont, where she is working to support dance in all of its forms.