Jessica Tong (Associate Artistic Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) 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 was a member of Utah Ballet. Tong danced with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech in New York, and Hubbard Street 2 before dancing with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for 11 years.
Jessica has performed in numerous works throughout her career, including pieces by Hubbard Street founder, Lou Conte, and contemporary greats Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, and Ohad Naharin, to name a few. She has also originated roles in works by Aszure Barton, Alejandro Cerrudo, Jorma Elo, Penny Saunders, and Robyn Mineko Williams, among others. Named one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch in 2009, Jessica served on the Dance Ambassador committee of Dance for Life for 4 years and has helped set works by Alejandro Cerrudo and Penny Saunders.