Jessica was introduced to dance at a very early age via Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop at Pizazz Studio and Joyce LaVerne Dance School in Maryland. In high school, she joined the Eleanor Roosevelt High Dance Company led by Maya Yamada. While studying at Howard University she became a member of Urban Moves, later called X-Faction, a professional hip hop dance company studying under Derek Brown and Cheryl Brown, the Directors who named her Phoenix.
Jessica's dance life and college education was abruptly stopped by a severe car accident in 2007. After a two year recovery period from a broken pelvis and a fractured jawbone , this experience raised her level of intensity, passion, and dedication to creating a life of joy. The name Phoenix meant more than ever. Jessica graduated from Howard with a B.A. in Audio Production and moved to Atlanta to pursue her dance career.
As a blossoming choreographer, Jessica's first major work was for an MTV Networks National commercial featuring International Artist K'Naan. As a professional performer from 2009-2012 she toured nationally with Universoul Circus U.S. as well as King Michael International and National Tour, a live Michael Jackson tribute show traveling to Canada, New York, & the West Coast. After a few years of touring, Jessica landed a principle role in the first full production of iLuminate Dance (America’s Got Talent Finalist) at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Atlanta became the seed for the early stages of FIYAH working with Cici Kelley, Quincy Lamar, Rikki McKinney at Gotta Dance Atlanta. Frequenting clubs, dance competitions, and performing with artists like Verse Simmonds, her love for Dancehall grew. Jessica was the first to bring a popular weekly authentic Dancehall class to Gotta Dance Atlanta and caught attention of Kingston, Jamaica’s DanceJA owner, Latonya Style. Jessica soon formed Fiyah Squad in Atlanta, an all female performance group that helped to bring authentic Dancehall to the mainstream dance scene. They performed and danced all over Atlanta spreading the culture and promoting unity and strength among women.
Jessica remains close to Dancehall’s home in Jamaica by making annual trips to the island for continued inspiration. While in JA, lives the island life, studies the culture, travels throughout the different parishes, and studies with veteran and young Jamaican dancers. In 2013, Jessica was the only American guest instructor invited to teach at the International Dancehall Homecoming Event and competed in the first-ever International Dancehall Championships held in Kingston, Jamaica landing 3rd place.
After that first trip to Jamaica, she decided that her studies and work would have more growth potential in New York. Phoenix is immediately landed an opportunity to teach her styles Dancehall Fiyah and Afro Island Dance at Broadway Dance Center and on platforms throughout stages, classrooms, and studios throughout New York. From there, FIYAH took off and well established Jessica Phoenix as a professional teacher and choreographer well respected within her genre.
Still, her versatile training & performance background keeps her active with the iLuminate company, traveling nationally and internationally. Her most notable performances in Qatar, Guyana, Paris, Mexico, and for Michelle Obama at the Inaugural Event.
Most recently Jessica Phoenix has partnered with new FIYAH! Brand Manager, Lady Sol Inc and together CoFounded FIYAHFIT Ladies Afro-Carib Dance Fitness program. Based in Chicago, LadySol has provided Jessica many opportunities to share her talents with the community there, teaching workshops and choreographing shows. With FIYAH FIT stepping into the fitness world, as CoFounder, Jessica has been able to bring more FIYAH to growing fans across the U.S. Most recently FIYAH FIT Founders LadySol & Jessica Phoenix were featured Dance Fitness Instructors on the 2016 Welcome to Jamrock Cruise!