About Jessica O’Keefe
Jessica is a native of Mooresville, NC, and currently resides in Fort Mill, SC. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Appalachian State University with a BA in Dance Studies, as well as a BFA in Graphic Design. There, she was a member of the National Honors Society, Ambassador of the Art Department, and Captain and Coach of the ASU Elite Dance Team.
She trained at Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Charlotte Ballet (North Carolina Dance Theater), North Carolina School of the Arts, American Dance Festival, The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts, and Dance Davidson. She has also been trained under and danced professionally for Martha Connerton Kinetic Works (2014). Jessica has had the privilege to train under Roger Belman, Karen Deese, Sadie Roberts, Emily Daughtridge, Patty Weeks, Tommi Galaska, Nick Pupillo, and many more.
She was named “Top All American Dancer” through the National Dance Alliance as well as “Top Choreographer.” Her performance experience includes: Nick Pupillo in “Dance Chicago 2006” (Chicago, IL), for Roger Belman in the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), the Hula Bowl 2004 (Maui, HI), the Appalachian Dance Ensemble 2007-2010 (Boone, NC), and Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works in 2014 (Charlotte, NC). Her most recent choreography has been featured in the “North Carolina Dance Festival” as well as “Multiple Exposure” (Raleigh, NC). She has performed many leads rolls such as Cinderella (Cinderella), Dew Drop Fairy (Nutcracker), Waltz of the Flowers (Nutcracker), and Lilac Fairy (Sleeping Beauty).
She began her career at Miller Street Dance Academy in 2010 as an instructor and choreographer for Miller Street’s award winning Competition Team. She then transitioned into the roll of Performance Company Director at the Fort Mill location in Baxter Village in 2016, in addition to co-directing the Pre-Professional Program in 2017. In 2018, Jessica accepted the roll of Director for Miller Street’s Baxter Village location.