A native of Southeastern Virginia, Jessica began her dance training at the young age of three because she insisted on always wearing “twirly” dresses. After years of performing locally and nationally, she pursued her dream by moving to New York to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated cum laude in 2014, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Psychology.
Throughout her career, she has had the privilege of performing works by acclaimed choreographers such as Florian Bilbao, Reut Shemesh, Ihsan Rustem, Jenny Rocha, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Zoe Scofield, Andrea Parsons, Nicole Buggé, Allyson Green, Deborah Jowitt, and Renee Redding-Jones. She has trained with Elbert Watson, Tisch School of the Arts Summer Dance Festival, The School of Richmond Ballet, The Ailey School, Strictly Seattle and NYC’s Gaga Winter Intensive. Jessica also studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, taking classes with Jarek Cemerek, the Academy of Performing Arts, and Laterna Magika.
Feeling stifled by the conventional professional dance career path, Jessica branched out in 2017 to begin exploring a collaborative vision with her partner. Kitfox Valentín's conceptual fine art photography and video work, Jessica McCarthy's choreography and ritual dance performance, and their shared love for connecting with the wild nature of one's landscape and the wild human spirit within merged to create GROUND+CENTER.
Jessica is currently based in Portland,OR as a professional dancer and wellness guide. She is a 300 hour licensed Mind Body Dancer yoga teacher and certified Reiki Master Practitioner. Jessica's body of work, Luminous Architecture, weaves an integrative web of movement, healing, wellness practices, and holistic lifestyle design. She also teaches open yoga classes at The Grinning Yogi in PDX and returns to NYC seasonally to offer classes, workshops, and women's gatherings.Jessica wishes to express the deepest gratitude for the love and support of her family, friends, and teachers.