Jess Totaro


Jessica Totaro is a Contemporary, Choreography Skills and Hip Hop teaching artist from Neptune City, NJ.  She received her BFA in dance from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and has been teaching and choreographing professionally for over a decade. Her movement vocabulary is deeply rooted in Modern technique and has integrated the Hip Hop techniques Breaking, Locking and Popping into her Contemporary movement. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Movement Arts Project Dance Company which focuses on composition skills and dance for film. She continues to teach master classes and choreograph throughout the Tri-State Region at various studios and performing arts high schools and has recently expanded her composition class to dancers internationally. Her teaching method is to not dictate but guide each dancer deeper into their own creative ability and communicate authentically through movement.

Coolest Experiences to Date: Performing for some of the creators of the dance style break dancing.  It was a battle held in the Bronx (birthplace of Hip Hop). Dance crews traveled from all over the world to battle one another. It was some of the most creative free styling I’ve seen.
Opening for South Side Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at the Stone Pony Summer Stage when it was upgraded in 2009. Singing on that stage with my life friends in our acapella group (called CNote) that was led by one of my mentors, Cantaff, felt very serendipitous.
Guilty Pleasure: Takadimi Music (rooted in classical Indian music…think of it as vocal percussion meets scatting?)
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