JESSICA ALTCHILER is a NYC-based actor, singer, dancer, and movement teacher. She also assists with direction & choreography, is an avid writer, and offers private coaching, master classes + workshops. Jessica is cast as Brandi Boardman in the upcoming feature film Candlewood, which will begin filming in October 2022. She was most recently the Assistant Director for May We All: A New Country Musical, which had its world premiere at TPAC in June 2022. Prior to the pandemic, Jessica was the Dance Captain and Swing on the Fiddler on the Roof: Broadway National Tour and then returned in October 2021 as the Assistant Choreographer. She also previously performed as the lead in the developmental reading of Sonata 1962 for the New York Musical Festival, worked in Research & Development for Kaia Goodenough Dance in the U.K., and performed works by Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, and Doug Varone. Through her writing and teaching, Jessica practices a holistic perspective on supporting the lives of artists. She proudly and passionately shares her experiences with body image + eating issues, witnessing and experiencing abuse in the performing arts industry, navigating mental health + autoimmune diseases, and exploring how to maintain an artistic path with wellness. Jessica’s teaching training and certifications include: BFA in Dance, Marymount Manhattan College BA in Psychology, Marymount Manhattan College ABT® Teacher Training Intensive (Primary through Level 3) 200-hr Certified Yoga Teacher, LL Studio Body Project Facilitator, National Eating Disorder Association Trauma-Informed Yoga Training, Exhale to Inhale Youth Protection Advocates in Dance® Safety & Wellness Certification
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2010
Teaches ages 3+
Has background check
Jess is an incredible teacher who leads with kindness and creates a safe space for all. She is thoughtful in her approach and meets each student where they are, without judgment. Jess is the best!
“My daughter took ballet from Jessica over the years. Jessica is a very warm and supportive teacher. She fosters a nurturing environment where dancers challenge themselves, while learning the proper technique. Over the years, I have seen Jessica turn students who took ballet as requirement into dancers who were passionate about the art form. I have had the privilege of observing Jessica classes over the years. She is an excellent teacher and choreographer for all age groups. Her passion for her craft is infectious. As a parent, I can attest that she is very approachable and a joy to be around.”