Jessica Deahr's international performance career has quickly developed into one of the country’s fastest-rising choreography catalogues.
Earning a BA in Sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University, Ms. Deahr has toured Europe, the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Mexico, Eastern and Western Caribbean, Canada, the U.S. and South Korea as a dancer and aerial artist. A first-generation student of James Morrow’s concert hip hop “fusion” technique, Jess danced for both Morrow as well as Joel Hall Dance Company under the artistic direction of Joell Hall while “gigging” for print, film, and stage projects ranging from Google & McDonalds to the BBC & the Betty Ford Foundation.
Creatively in 2015-2016, Ms. Deahr’s choreography and direction has been seen across the country in museums, public installations, fashion shows, commercial and independent films for clients including Uniqlo and the World Wildlife Fund, and for peer theatre/dance companies including Visceral Dance Chicago. Heading into her 5th season as Artistic Director of Chicago Dance Crash and choreographer of their primary Season of premier works, Huffington Post describes her work by saying "Deahr's versatility isn't at all an end in itself; it seems more to be her way of discovering an artistic expression that can go more places, because it's been more places."
Described by the Chicago Tribune as “…brash, funky, bright and street friendly in style,” Jessica’s movement invention and teaching style pulls inspiration from ballet, breaking, hip hop, capoeira regional, and a touch of the old school jazz forms that nurtured her. After traveling the world, she currently calls Chicago home.