Jesse Danger

Jesse D.

Brooklyn, NY

About Jesse D.

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Jesse teaches: Ages 5 to 65
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2008
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

When Jesse discovered Parkour, it became the cornerstone in his approach to physical training. With over 12 years of experience training and teaching, Jesse has been a part of the New York community since it emerged. Drawn to Parkour by its utilitarian nature, he connected strongly with the founders’ “to be strong, to be useful.” Over this time he has broadened his understanding of the discipline to realize that the movements themselves are only a small part of what it means to be strong, and that Parkour’s true usefulness lies in the physical preparation and mental fortitude to see any challenge as an opportunity to better oneself. He constantly seeks out unconventional training opportunities and challenges that push him and help him continue to grow.

Through the Movement Creative Jesse has brought parkour to more than a dozen schools in the NYC area, from in-school gym programs, to workshops, to after school.

He has worked with numerous city organizations to present Parkour in a positive light to the public, including providing interactive exhibits & workshops for NYCs Department of Parks & Recreation, the Department of Transportation, The New Museum, The NY Hall of Science, The Discover Foundation Outdoor Rise Festival, the Institute of Play, and The New Yorker.

Jesse worked and performed for numerous companies and teams in New York City, including NIKE, HTC, MTV, Yahoo, the New York Knicks, Nintendo, Speedstick, FiveTen, and The New Yorker. He also has been independently highlighted through the Wall Street Journal and Yahoo, and has appeared on multiple news channels through his work with The Movement Creative, The Brooklyn Beast, and NYPK.

Photos and Videos

Adults at The Muse learn the basics of Parkour

Experience

Co-Founder, Program Director

Jan 2012 - Present
The Movement Creative

We are a collective of movement instructors in the New York City & North Jersey region, specializing in a blend of Parkour, Natural Movement, Strength, and Conditioning, with looser focuses on dance, gymnastics, and martial arts. We aim to create positive change and momentum in the lives of children and adults through our mediums of movement.

+Designed the core of the curriculum and class structure for all school programming and outdoor classes, Continually developing and evolving its structure, training teachers, and supervising execution.
+Established the first successful school Parkour program in NYC, still ongoing, with Quest to Learn and the Institute of Play.
+Manages all active school programs & their corresponding instructors
+Worked with the Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Transportation, the New Museum, The NY Hall of Science, the FEAST, TEDx, and Discover Outdoors Foundation to provide interactive exhibits at city-wide festivals, conferences, and events. Maintained & managed long term event and performance relationships.
+Lead year round weekly outdoor classes of through conditioning, skillwork, history, and proper progressions associated with the discipline.
+Worked with media, photographers, and artists to represent and communicate Parkour creatively and correctly to the public.

Parkour Program Director

Jan 2011 - Present
Quest to Learn MIddle & High School

+Instructor and Parkour program coordinator.
+Taught weekly classes of middle school students.
+Designed a Parkour & movement curriculum suitable for the school and age group, with a focus on improving creative problem solving, self-expression,collaboration, and community.
+Worked closely with staff and instructors to design games and challenges that responded to the goals of the school
+Designed and lead week long workshops once a trimester ("boss level") that focused on creative problem solving and themes of healthy living.
+Encouraged students to design, modify, and test out their own range of movement games, providing constructive critique and direction.

Creative Movement Instructor & Performer

Jan 2005 - Present
Personal Training/Self-Employed

I try to inspire people through movement, teaching them to take joy in their environment and their own personal potential. I combine playful challenges and games with techniques, strength, and conditioning exercises, to introduce natural movement and parkour to my clients.

+Provided private instruction across all skill levels and ages, including children as young as 5 and adults 60+
+Designed and customized movement programs for clients and schools, attending to individual needs, concerns, and physical/medical limitations.
+Performed for companies including NIKE, Yahoo, MTV, HTC, Nintendo, The New York Knicks, and The New Yorker. Rag and Bone, Bonobos, Uniqlo

Parkour Program Director

Sep 2013 - Apr 2016
The Earth School

+Taught a six-week unit on Parkour, including daily classes of 20-25 students for elementary school ages
+Designed a half-year Parkour program for the 2014-2015 school year.
+Designed a Parkour & movement curriculum suitable for the school and age group, with a focus on improving creative problem solving, self-expression,collaboration, and community.
+Worked closely with staff and instructors to design games and challenges that responded to the goals of the school

Languages Spoken

english

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CPR / AED

Apr 2014
Red Cross

First Aid

Apr 2014
Red Cross

Pediatric First Aid

Apr 2014
Red Cross

Awards

TED Speaker & Performer

Dec 2013
TED

FEAST Speaker & Performer

Oct 2013
FEAST
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