Jessie was born in Prince George, B.C. in 1989, but didn’t begin dancing until moving to Vancouver Island in 1997. He started dancing with Pat Cummings in Port Alberni, later moving to the Comox Valley and training with Gemini Dance Studios. He left for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in the summer of 2005 and graduated from their Professional Division in 2009.
Jessie continued his training with Victor Ullate in Madrid, later returning to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s aspirant program. In 2010 he joined the Corps de Ballet at the Compañía Nacional de Danza de México, where he danced for 4 years. On top of roles in the Corps, he performed soloist and lead roles in The Sleeping Beauty, The Messiah, Cinderella, and the Nutcracker.
After leaving Mexico in 2014 he returned to the Comox Valley to teach with Triple Heat Dance as well as True Colours Youth Company of Performing Arts. In December 2014, he was appointed artistic director of True Colours, where he choreographed and set the one act ballet, The Snowman.
He joined Ballet Victoria in August of 2014, and danced many lead and soloist roles in The Gift, Annie’s Rodeo, Ballet Rocks, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. In May of 2016 he retired from the stage after the role of Prince Charming in Cinderella.
Jessie loves teaching, and is very happy to have so many opportunities to share his knowledge and passion with so many talented and dedicated children.