Jessica Teague

Jessica Teague
Assistant Director, Assistant Professor of Dance
101 Messick Theatre Arts Center
Mail Stop 553
East Carolina University


As a professional dancer, Jessica Teague spent most of her 20-year dance career in Europe working with the Dutch National Ballet in the Netherlands and as a Soloist in the Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden and the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium. She received her first professional opportunity dancing for the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle WA after completing her training at the Boston Ballet School and The School of American Ballet in New York City.

Jessica has performed leading roles in a wide variety of classical, neo-classical and contemporary Ballet repertoire and toured internationally to dance festivals including the Edinburgh Arts festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Moscow Golden Mask Festival and the Shanghai World Expo. She has performed at iconic venues including the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Sadler’s Wells London, Paris Opéra Bastille, and Grande Teatro La Fenice in Italy. She feels privileged to have worked personally in the studio with many of today’s leading choreographers including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Wayne McGregor, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Krzysztof Pastor, David Dawson, Nicolo Fonte, Christopher Wheeldon, Christian Spuck, Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, and many members of the Balanchine Trust.

Jessica holds a MA in Cultural Policy and Management from City University in London, England and a BA in Art History and Criticism from The British Open University. She has also worked as a professional dance journalist contributing regularly to Dance Europe Magazine (EU) and the International Consortium for the Advancement of Choreography (Washington, DC) as well as numerous other print and digital publications. She is co-author of the book Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story published internationally in 2018 by DK Random House.

Jessica is an Assistant Professor of Dance, currently teaching all levels of ballet technique, pointe, Dance History II and Introduction to Dance. During her time at ECU she has created numerous choreographic works and directed two study abroad programs for undergraduate dance majors to Nairobi, Kenya and Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2022 she was awarded the Scholar-Teacher award for ECU’s College of Fine Arts and in 2023 was nominated for the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor in Teaching award.


Education: MA Cultural Policy, City University
BA, Art History and Criticism, The British Open University

Courses: Ballet Technique, Pointe, Dance History II, Introduction to Dance