Jessica Miller Tomlinson

Jessica Miller Tomlinson graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary Dance. As a young dancer, Jessica had the fortunate opportunity to apprentice with the NC Dance Theatre under the direction of former New York City Ballet principals Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. Upon moving to Chicago, she continued her training on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studio. From 2003-2005, Jessica was honored to collaborate with Lauri Stallings of the Hubbard Street Dance Company and perform with her company NANDANSE.

Jessica is currently in her twelfth season as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher with Thodos Dance Chicago with whom she has performed both nationally and internationally. She serves as Co-Artistic director for the Thodos Dance Chicago Youth Ensemble. Throughout her career, she has performed works by Warren Conover, Paul Taylor, Ron De Jesus, Rick McCullough, Brock Clawson, David Parsons, Neta Pulvermacher, Mark Morris, Zac Whittenberg, Harrison McEldowney, Ahmad Simmons, KT Nelson, Lar Lubovitch, Francisco Avina and Stephanie Martinez, Lucas Crandall, Brian Enos, Gail Gilbert, Kevin Wynn, Ahmad Simmons, Ann Reinking, and Bob Fosse.

Jessica has choreographed professionally for the Chautauqua Ballet Company, NC School of the Arts, DanceWorks Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, The Inconvenience Performance Group, Idaho Dance Theatre, Forum Dance Theatre, Nomi Dance Company, Dance in the Parks, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Thodos Dance Chicago. In the summer of 2008, Jessica was selected as the Guest Alumni Choreographer for NC School of the Arts Summer Scenes Project. In June 2009, Jessica was awarded the Grand Prize from the Joyce Theater Foundation's The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2009: Chicago hosted by the Dance Center of Columbia College. In June of 2010, Jessica self-produced her first full-length concert of works under the working title JMT/JLS Choreography alongside colleague Jacqueline Stewart, followed by JMT/JLS Dance Gallery in 2011. Jessica co-produced Triptych: 3 Dance Voices in 2012 with colleague Winifred Haun. Jessica has collaborated with The Merchandise Mart of Chicago, The Dance Center of Columbia College's 1306 Ten Years Later Project, Dance for Life's Our Voices Dance, Andy Warhol Silver Clouds Exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and local Chicago band District 97.

In 2012, Jessica was selected as the Winner of Idaho Dance Theatre's 1st Annual New Visions Choreography Competition. In 2013, Jessica was chosen to create a new work for DanceWorks Chicago as part of their inaugural DanceMoves Choreography Competition. Her work has been presented at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce SoHo in NYC, The Harris Theatre for Music and Dance in Chicago, The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, numerous venues nationwide, and The EICC in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Booking Dance Festival in 2013. In addition, Jessica has received grants from the Audience Architects New Stages Dance Initiative. She is honored to be an instructor for the Great Lakes Dance Festival, hosted by Eisenhower Dance Company at Oakland University in Michigan. In 2015, Jessica created a new work for Nebraska Dance Theatre. She was recently nominated and selected to create a new work for Columbia College of Chicago’s Repertory and Performance Workshop course, which premiered in the Spring of 2016.