JESSICA TONG
JESSICA TONG
Company: Hubbard Street
Home Town: Binghamton NY
JESSICA TONG

Jessica received her formal training at The Ballet School in Salt Lake City, Utah under Jan Clark Fugit, as well as at the University of Utah where she danced as a member of Utah Ballet. She also attended the summer programs of American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and Lou Conte Dance Studio, among others. Jessica danced with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech in NYC, and Hubbard Street 2 before joining the main company in January 2007. Jessica was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2009.


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SOME OF JESSICA'S FAVORITES:

Food: Mushrooms
Article of Clothing: Muumuus and boyfriend blazers, together or as separates!
Sports/Outdoor Activity: Tackle Scrabble
Thing about Hubbard Street: I love that we're a family, for better or worse

JESSICA'S INTERESTING REHEARSAL TECHNIQUES:

There is a double attitude turn in Aszure Barton's Untouched that really only happens successfully if I think "banana pancakes!"

The background: I was practicing the turn before a run, and fellow Hubbs good turner dancer, Ben, said the trick to turning is to not think of turning at all, but to think of something else completely. I must have been hungry, because I said, I'm going to think about brunch...pancakes! But plain old pancakes didn't work, so I made them banana, et voilà! Banana pancakes! They solve any problem, really.




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