Jessie Philbrick is originally from the greater Chicago area, where she began her formal dance training at Salt Creek Ballet under the direction of Zhanna Dobrovskaya and Sergey Kozadayev. While with the pre-professional company at Salt Creek, Jessie performed principal roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland, as well soloist roles in many contemporary works, including creating a role in Rondo Capriccioso, an original work by S. Kozadayev that premiered in Montreal as part of a week-long festival in 2013, in addition to other classics such as Don Quixote and excerpts from Swan Lake and La Bayadere. In the summers, Jessie continued her training at the summer intensives at Salt Creek Ballet and Alonzo King Lines Ballet and Northwest Dance Project. After high school, Jessie continued her training with Butler University as a Dance Pedagogy major, graduating in Spring of 2017. At Butler, Jessie studied ballet, jazz, and Cunningham/Graham technique extensively under Marek Cholewa, Patrick Hinson, Susan McGuire, Cynthia Pratt, Derek Reid, and Rosanna Ruffo. While with Butler Ballet, Jessie performed corps, soloist, and principal roles in full productions of many of the classics such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. She also has vast contemporary and modern performance experience, including creating a role in KAPNOS, an original work by David Ingram commissioned for the State of Indiana’s Governor’s Arts Awards Ceremony. In the Summer of 2014, Jessie toured Eastern Europe, training and performing in the National Ballet Schools in Warsaw, Prague, and Bratislava, among others.
Upon graduating in 2017, Jessie joined The Big Muddy Dance Company. When she is not dancing, choreographing, or teaching, Jessie immensely enjoys playing the piano or watching films with family and friends.