Jessie Laurita-Spanglet joined the faculty of the Wake Forest Department of Theatre and Dance in the fall of 2015 as a Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow in Dance. Under the direction of her colleague Christina Soriano, Jessie is currently at work on a new NIH-funded study looking at the effects of improvisational movement on people living with mild cognitive impairment.
For the past two years, Jessie has been an organizing artist for On Site/In Sight, a three-day dance festival in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, that brings together local, regional, and national dance-artists to teach, improvise, and perform in sites throughout the city. In recent years, Jessie has created work and taught at the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Virginia, Davis and Elkins College, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Since graduating with an MFA in dance from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014, Jessie has danced for Alexandra Beller, Maree ReMalia/merrygogo, Dance Exchange, Mansurdance, Heart Strück Bernie, and PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATRE. Jessie is a Stott certified Pilates teacher through Balance Pilates in Richmond VA, and holds a BFA in modern dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts.