Jessica Bertram
MFA Student
Dance

261 UCB, University Theatre Building
Dance Graduate Office, Room W1B55

Jessica Bertram (she/her) is a movement artist driven by storytelling, research, and ultimately, play.  A native of Huntsville, Alabama, she began dancing at the age of 3 at the North Alabama Dance Center. She continued her training at Emory University and graduated in 2017 with a BA in Dance & Movement Studies and a BS in Anthropology & Human Biology. Her choreographic and solo work has been performed and awarded at the American College Dance Association, Emory University, 7Stages Theatre, Idea Capital, Hambidge Art Lab, Dance Canvas, The Movement Lab~ Home of T. Lang Dance,  Atlanta Dance Collective’s FEMMEfest, and the staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy. Dedicated to her passion for the arts, Jessica has worked with non-profit organizations, the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) as their Assistant Director of the Move/Dance! Program and Moving in the Spirit, Inc. as a teaching artist specializing in creative youth development. 

As an artist of African descent, Jessica invites her personal experiences, the experiences of her generational line and ancestral currents to influence the storytelling that she discovers in movement. She is deeply interested in authentic physicality, natural momentum and force as it lives inside the body and plays with gravity. Currently, Jessica is pursuing an MFA in Dance at CU Boulder and she is excited to develop her research on generational trauma as it lives in Black bodies and how movement can be a source for healing and liberation.