Jessica Pearson

Jessica T. Pearson is an Associate Professor of Dance at Rhode Island College. Ms. Pearson is a dancer, educator and choreographer who danced with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Gesel Mason and Concepts In Motion (Bermuda). This educator, of the modern dance idiom, has been invited to teach and choreograph at Ballet West, Brown University, Providence College, Salve Regina University, Urbanity Summer Intensive, University of Kentucky Lexington, Utah Regional Ballet and taught in Bermuda for two years.

Island Moving Company Brings Great Friends to Newport

Island Moving Company is continuing its return to live performances with the Newport Dance Festival, which takes place July 20-25 on the lawn of Great Friend Meeting House in Newport. This unique festival will continue the tradition of hosting a resident company for two weeks: Malashock Dance Company from San Deigo. As part of the residency, John Malashock, artistic director of Malashock Dance Company, will choreograph a dance that both companies […]

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movement & meditation

“movement & meditation” is a virtual photography exhibit and video collaboration between Ian Travis Barnard and Festival Ballet Providence. Sponsored by The Avenue Concept and Paolino Properties, “movement & meditation” captures through motion the variety of emotions dancers experienced during 2020, a year that brought uncertainty to performing artists and arts organizations. The virtual exhibit […]

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Lessons for Academia: Representation matters, and this educator shows up for her students

My career as an educator includes responsibilities to myself, the discipline of dance, and Rhode Island College, the institution that I currently serve. I show up as an African American woman, prepared for the career that I have chosen.  Today I am at a place where I accept, acknowledge and sit in confidence of my […]

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