Jessica Truesdale

Dance Barns Artistic Associate

Jessie started her professional dance training in Toronto at the National Ballet School of Canada. In  2002 she moved to Stuttgart, Germany and danced with Stuttgart Ballet for several years, dancing numerous classical full-length ballets by Choreographer John Cranko, such as Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Onegin. Other classics include John Neumeier’s The Lady of the Camilias, Bournonville’s La Sylphide, Marcia Haydee’s Sleeping Beauty and Reid Anderson’s Giselle. Jessie also worked with many Contemporary choreographers during her time in Germany, performing works by George Balanchine, Wayne MacGregor, Douglas Lee, Christian Spuck, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier and Mauro Bigonzetti to name a few.  In 2006 Jessie joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium, under the direction of Katherine Bennetts. During this time the company worked extensively with the choreographer William Forsythe, touring all over Europe, America and Asia. For 5 seasons Jessica performed lead/solo roles in the Forsythe ballets Impressing the Czar and Artifact and corps roles in New Sleep, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and Second Detail as well as other contemporary and classical works from various world-renowned choreographers. 

After retiring from dance in 2012, Jessie moved to New York City and pursued acting for several years. There she performed in Broadway productions, in various commercial work and off-Broadway plays. Jessie has also always been a painter/visual artist and in 2015, she had an exhibition in NYC in the Chelsea gallery district, as well as smaller showings of her work across the city. 2015 Prompted a move to Santa Fe where she began a career in business management and started teaching ballet for New Mexico School of the Arts as well as teaching at the Dance Barns, where she fell in love with teaching. Jessie joined the NDI New Mexico team full-time in 2022.