Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Jessie Jeanne & Dancers

MISSION: Jessie Jeanne & Dancers (JJ&D) is a rigorous creative laboratory and performance collaborative for visceral and somatic research, via contemporary dance making practices. We value audacity and somatic awareness. Through creative process we traverse cultural and interpersonal boundaries, unearthing new pathways of communication and connection. We have a commitment to commissioning local, national, and international dance choreographers to set original works on New England-based dancers, striving always to work with one established and one emerging choreographer each season in an effort to fortify the dance economy. JJ&D also provides educational opportunities for early career performers and makers by offering educational programming through workshops and residencies, allowing young New England artists to grow and contribute to artistic discourse. VISION:The project endeavours to expose Greater Boston audiences to the highest caliber dance works being created by choreographers working on a local, national, and international scale, presented on local dancers. Three years from now, Jessie Jeanne & Dancers will be the top grassroots, contemporary dance company in the Greater Boston area by commissioning, twice yearly, innovative works of socio-political relevance from emerging and acclaimed, local and international choreographers. INSPIRATION:In 2016 Boston became JJ&D’s permanent home. This vision for this iteration of the company came into being as a result of performing abroad on a tour, which coincided with the 2016 US Presidential Election. Finding ourselves on foreign soil during a very politically turbulent moment in US history, we chose to focus our energies on human-to-human interaction and diplomacy. We impacted foreign audiences by embodying values of rigour, relevance, audacity, and progressivity through our work, opening up dialogue across cultural, social, and political boundaries. As a result of how rich that experience felt, we are now committed to using our work to promote positive change within ourselves and our audiences. We are motivated to work together in the form of process-based creative practice, which produces socially relevant pieces of dance performance, and to locate those choreographers whose artistic profiles echo our desire, inviting them into dialogue that stems from a deeply human place. HISTORY:2013-14

  • JJ&D is founded by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and is awarded a space and performance grant by the Brooklyn Music School to create d'Henri, the company's first evening-length work, choreographed by Stinnett.

  • d'Henri is self-produced and also presented by theatrical and non-traditional performance spaces in Brooklyn, NYC, London, and Boston. The work has been produced by Dixon Place (NYC), Shape Shifter Lab (Brooklyn), Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn), Actors Fund Arts Center (Brooklyn), Sans Limite Dance (NYC) Dance for World Community (Cambridge), ArtBeat Festival (Somerville), Mobius Art Gallery (Cambridge) and Boston Center for the Arts (Boston).


  • Participates in a series of residencies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music (London) to create duration and hive, choreographed by Stinnett. 

  • Stinnett leads Workshops and Masterclasses at Trinity Laban (London), TripSpace (London), Stretch (London), International Somatics Conference & Performance Festival (Geneva, NY), Sunflower Retreats (Italy), Green Street Studios (Cambridge)

  • duration and hive premiere at Chisenhale Dance Space (London) on a split-bill with Swedish dance artist Rosalie Wahlfrid.

  • duration is presented by International Somatics Conference & Performance Festival (Geneva, NY) and Boston Center for the Arts (Boston).

  • Receives the New England Dance Fund award from New England Foundation for the Arts.

  • dusk, choreographed by Stinnett, premieres at Chisenhale Dance Space (London) under the presenting umbrella of The Boston Touring Group


  • The Dance Complex (Cambridge) presents dusk in the Catalysts Performance Series.

  • Residency at Harvard University (Cambridge) to build a collaborative work between Stinnett and poet Sarah Anne Stinnett entitled Bodyspeak. The company also creates Beneath Crystal Skin, choreographed by Stinnett in collaboration with the dancers.

  • Marcus Schulkind re-sets Allemande, a solo originally created on Liz Waterhouse (Forsythe Company), on JJ&D as a duet. Allemande is presented by Studio at 550 (Cambridge) as part of their Open Floor Series.

  • Galatea Art Gallery (Boston) presents Bodyspeak in a split bill with Karen Klien/TeXtmoVes.

  • Greenspace (NYC) presents Beneath Crystal Skin in the Fertile Ground Showcase. 

  • The Dance Complex (Cambridge) presents Beneath Crystal Skin in a split bill with Prometheus Dance, Lorraine Chapman The Company, and Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion.

  • Stinnett leads Workshops and Masterclasses at Dean College (Franklin, MA), The Dance Complex (Cambridge), Wilmington Dance Academy (Wilmington, MA)

  • Summer Residency and Immersion Project at 3s Artspace (Portsmouth, NH) to focus on process with daily in-studio showings.



Fee support for Jessie Jeanne & Dancers may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Visit for more information.



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I Have Worked With

  • July 2017

    3s Artspace received a grant from the New England States Touring (NEST) Grant program to host Jessie Jeanne & Dancers for 3S' first residency program in July. 3S Artspace will share performance space with Jessie Jeanne & Dancers for two weeks, allowing them to hold company classes in the morning and rehearsal (open for free public viewing) in the afternoons. 3S will invite local dance companies to company classes and hold a final "progress performance" for the public upon completion of the residency. This residency aims to support artist development and engage community.

  • April 2017

    Jessie Jeanne & Dancers (JJ&D) was presented by The Dance Complex in the Julie Ince Thompson Theater on a shared bill with Peter DiMuro / Pubic Displays of Motion, Lorraine Chapman The Company, and Prometheus Dance.

    WBUR featured JJ&D in its top dance picks for April 2017. CLICK for article.

  • September 2016

    Jessie Jeanne Stinnett & Henoch Spinola performed an experimental duet entitled 'pod' at Studio 408 in Portland, ME. Studio 408 produced the performance as part of their grand opening in September 2016.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Jessie Jeanne
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Physical Address: 
733 Fellsway West
Medford, MA 02155
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Poetry
Media - Audio / Sound
Media - Film
Media - Video
Music - New
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Installation
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Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
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Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
National Dance Education Organization
Yoga Alliance
Boston Dance Alliance
Fractured Atlas
BFA The Boston Conservatory
MFA Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Danc
New England Dance Fund recipient 2016 & 2017
Live Arts Boston recipient 2016
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Basic light plot
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Corporate Business
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Ages Served: 
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
200hr Yoga Alliance Certification
MFA Creative Practice
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