Jessica received her formal training at the Ballet School in Salt Lake City under Jan Clark Fugit, as well as at the University of Utah, where she was a member of Utah Ballet. Tong danced with BalletMet in Ohio, Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech in New York City and with Hubbard Street 2 before joining the main company in January 2007. She was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2009, and currently serves on Chicago Dancers United’s Ambassador Committee for Dance for Life Chicago.
SOME OF JESSICA'S FAVORITES:
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.