Jessica Mellace (Owner/Artistic Director) began her dance training at the age of two and began competing when she was five. Through her years of competing, Jessica has won many awards (overalls, special awards, and most photogenic). An award-winning performer, Jessica has been trained in all genres of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, musical theatre and acro. She has also taken classes at the New Jersey School of Ballet and Broadway Dance Center. In addition, she participated in the Rockette Experience, Team Rave, various conventions, and master classes. Professionally, Jessica has performed on many stages (South Street Seaport, Six Flags, New York Knicks/New York Liberty halftime shows at Madison Square Garden).
As a choreographer, Jessica has taught for over ten years in studios throughout Morris and Essex counties. With an innovative eye for storytelling, she has choreographed platinum winning solos, duos, trios, and group numbers for statewide competitions in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and musical theatre.
Jessica has a degree in Applied Science, and is certified in CPR and BLS. For the past 7 years when she has not been teaching at the studio, she has been working as an x-ray technologist for numerous hospitals and imaging centers. With an immense love for family, she has also taken pride in helping with the family deli/catering business.
Jessica channels her passion for creative expression through dance into every student that she teaches. She strives to create an environment of respect while developing a valued rapport amongst students and staff. Jessica is committed to giving her students the opportunity to grow, not only as a performer, but as a well-rounded person of character. As the Owner and Artistic Director of Studio J Dance Academy, she is proud and elated to share her passion with generations of students to come.