Jessica Ford

Dance Teacher
Jessica Ford began developing her unique style at the age of 4 at top studios in the GTA, gaining a strong technical foundation at Performing Dance Arts.  At age 16, Jessica graduated from an arts high school as a modern dance major, and went on to graduate from the George Brown College Dance program affiliated with Ballet Jorgen at the young age of 18. She has had the opportunity to work with inspiring choreographers including Hanna Kiel, William Yong, Jessica Runge, Jade Whitney, Colleen Snell, Lauren Runions, Scott Fordham, Alyssa Martin, Daniel McArthur, and many more. She has been featured in various music videos and on stages all over Canada; performing in Hit the Floor: All Stars, The LabCab Festival, New Blue Festival and the Kick It Up: All Stars Gala, to name a few. Jessica is the founder and artistic director of Kalos: The Program; a contemporary training program aimed to bridge the gap between commercial and concert dance. 100% of proceeds from her training program, are donated to CAMH to aid in mental health research. She has choreographed in such events as Toronto Kids Fashion Week, The Industry Night, A Night to Celebrate HER, Fever After Dark, The Choreographers’ Ball, Hot In Heels: High Society, Raise the Rhythm Fundraiser, Let The Elephants Dance, Bazaar and Ray D’ance Gala among many others. She is an award winning competitive contemporary and jazz choreographer as well as a sought out workshop instructor due to her vast knowledge in improvisational skills. Currently, Jessica is the head of the jazz and contemporary departments at multiple competitive studios in Toronto and has won an abundance of choreography awards for her work with these studios, including Choreographer of the Weekend and Top Choreographer of the Year. In the past 8 years, she has taught weekly drop ins in Toronto; starting at OIP in 2012 and then moving on to teach at such studios as RightFoot, The Underground, Metro Movement and Joy of Dance. During this time, she had the opportunity to teach such stars as Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars) and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries). The past few years she has decided to take a step back from drop-ins to focus on her full-time students; teaching over 40 hours a week has been able to help her grow into the teacher she is today. With her vast knowledge in the competitive world, it was only right for Jessica to carry her skill set into the adjudication world. She’s been lucky enough to be able to judge for competitions like View Dance Challenge, Karv Dance Challenge, Northern Stars, Elevation Dance, Dance Attack and more! With a heavy focus on fundamental technique, body health, longevity and artistic integrity, Jessica continues to put her efforts into creating professional dancers, as opposed to becoming one.