jessica Bauder, instructor & office assistant
Jessica Bauder began dancing eleven years ago when she joined the Southridge High-school Dance and Guard Ensemble youth program. She then moved up to become a seven year member of the Dance and Guard Ensemble, as she was a part of the team from 6th to 12th grade. She has also been a member and soloist in the visual ensemble of the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, where she spent two summers traveling and performing all over the United States; ending up in Indianapolis where championships were held inside the Colt's stadium at Lucas Oil. Jessica graduated from Pacific University with a bachelor of arts in dance and minored in exercise science. She studied various styles of dance such as contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and other aspects of dance including injury prevention, improvisation, and choreography. She also worked at Oregon Gymnastics Academy as an instructor while attending college. She was a member of Pacific Dance Ensemble for four years as a performer and spent three years as a choreographer for the company creating multiple dance works.
She teaches: Contemporary, Ballet, Tap
Get to know Jessica better:
When did you start dancing and why did you keep dancing? I started dancing when I was eleven years old, I danced with Southridge High-school Dance and Guard Ensemble, or more commonly known as colorguard. In colorguard we train in contemporary, modern, ballet, weight sharing, hip hop, and learn to dance with props, spinning and performing tricks with flags, rifles, and sabers. I fell in love with dance and performance when I was in colorguard, even though this performance group was not strictly dance it sparked my interest in the dancing world and helped create the building blocks of my dancing career.
Why did you want to become a dance instructor? I began assisting dance rehearsals when I was in middle school, I volunteered with the special needs STARS colorguard and helped with performances. I then continued to dance and teach and realized how much of an impact instructors have on their students. My coaches helped me grow as a dancer and as a person which helped me to understand how important instructors are, that is when I knew I wanted to share my passion for dance with like-minded individuals.
What is your favorite style of dance and why? My favorite style of dance is contemporary. While studying at Pacific University the first dance class I took was contemporary taught by James Healey. I fell in love with this style and was inspired by the Shen-Wei Dance Arts influenced movement and floorwork techniques. Even though contemporary is my favorite style of dance I am constantly inspired by all forms of dance.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of the studio or besides teaching dance? When I am not dancing, teaching, or choreographing, I love to bake. I enjoy making and decorating baked goods from scratch such as cupcakes, eclairs, cinnamon rolls, and much more. I also like to spend my time camping or being outdoors with family and friends.