Children’s Program Faculty
Jessica Nieto is a native Houstonian and a graduate from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Under the direction of Karen Stokes, she received a Bachelor of Arts in dance and minor in Spanish from the University of Houston where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. Jessica was a core company member of Karen Stokes Dance performing in works such as, Vine Leaf Dances, Framing Dance: A Discovery Series, Gallery Constructions and Dance, Film & Conversation. Jessica has worked with exceptional instructors and choreographers including Becky Valls, Theresa Chapman, Stephen Koplowitz, George Staib, LuAnne Carter, Janie Carothers, Jodee Engle, Jeanne Doornbos and Naomi Glass Schwiethale. Additionally, she has studied at the American Dance Festival and acquired international performance experience at the Staibdance summer intensive in Sorrento, Italy. Jessica’s choreography has been presented at the University of Houston, Frenetic Fringe Festival and various events sponsored by the Houston Independent School District.
Jessica is an advocate in arts education having spent time working for Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts to bring artists from around the world to Houston’s schools and communities. She is certified to teach within the Houston Independent School District and has led dance programs at Sharpstown High School and Edgar Allen Poe Elementary. While working as an educator, she had the opportunity to teach dance as education to hundreds of students each year and collaborate with local artists including Jane Weiner with Hope Stone Dance.
Jessica enjoys sharing her knowledge in dance with young artists and she is excited to begin her journey with Vitacca Dance.