JESSICA ARONOFF, dancer (2011)
is a graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her BFA in dance. She has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and modern. She has had the privilege to perform works by Deborah Jowitt, Gus Solomons Jr., Naomi Goldberg, Darcy Naganuma, Patricia Hoffbauer, and Brook Notary. She has performed at Danspace at St. Marks Church, The La MaMa Moves Dance Festival, Past/Forward at the Skirball Center, the Sybarite Showcase at Highline Ballroom, Dixon Place, Alvin Ailey, The Cutting Room, and Symphony Space. Commercially, Jessica has performed at Disney World, Disney Land, Six Flags Great Adventures, and Knott’s Berry Farms, and can be seen as a featured dancer in Faren and the French Fries music video for “Dirty Animal”. She is currently a freelance dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer. She is a company member of 49th Parallel Dance Company and Beyond Lines Contemporary Dance, teaches and choreographs at studios throughout the east coast, and is represented by McDonald Selznick Associates Agency. She is so excited to continue her third season with the J CHEN PROJECT family! Jessica joined J CHEN PROJECT in 2011.
FLANNERY HOUSTON, dancer (2011)
was born and raised in NYC and graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts where she received her BFA in 2003. Outside of her schooling, she has been fortunate enough to train under and work with such creative minds as David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Kraig “Bopi” Patterson, Neta Pulvermacher, Ming Yang, Miguel Gutierrez, Keisha Bolden, Mandy Stallings, Ali Linthicum, Ryan Beck, Kendra Portier, Oliver Steele and Brendan Drake as well as dancing for Hanh Nguyen and Notoriety Inc. from 2004 to 2009. Flannery is the co-creator of the jewelry company, brooklyn garnish, and a graduate of the Pure Yoga Teacher Training program. She teaches yoga to 2-4 year olds in Brooklyn and is looking forward to starting grad school in the fall. She is very thankful for all the wonderful training she has received in her life thus far. Many thanks to her parents and to Jessica for all of their love, support and generosity. Flannery joined J CHEN PROJECT in 2011.
RAFAEL SANCHEZ, dancer (2013)
is honored to be one of the newest company members of J CHEN PROJECT. A transplant from Miami, Florida, he has had the opportunity to work and train with a multitude of dance artists and studios while completing his BFA in Dance Performance from Florida International University. Alongside this great opportunity with the jchen project, Rafael works closely with the JamFam, a tight-knit artist collective including recording artist Mila Jam.
SANDY SHELTON, dancer (2012)
is a native of New Jersey, Sandy is a life-long dancer and proud member of Actors’ Equity. He holds a BA from the University of Tennessee’s prestigious College Scholars Program and recently worked with Sonya Tayeh on the development of a new NYC show titled “Fighting Gravity.” www.SandyShelton.com