Mentorship Program


2018 Program Dates: June 17 thru July 1, 2018

Our Mentorship Program is a unique and intimate program that focuses on the individual pathways each dancer can create for their life in dance.  This artistically stimulating and engaging 2-week experience, provides guidance to pre-professional dancers on how to navigate their careers and take the next steps into the professional dance world.  Guest speakers and Master Class teachers include J CHEN PROJECT company members and other professional artists, giving insight into the various ways of working as an artist. Our goal is to nurture independent, passionate, professional dancers.  

We hope to help answer questions aspiring professional dancers have about life after school and pursuing a career in dance.  During the program, dancers spend time in technique class, repertory rehearsals, one-on-one mentoring sessions and the program concludes with a performance as part of TRANSLATE (voices of dance) at Dixon Place.



Early Bird Special!
from NOW until APRIL 20, 2018 register for a “life-changing program” in NYC this summer and receive a 30% discount off the full tuition

Mentee Testimonials

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Jordan Fager

DeSales University c/o 2015

Mentee 2014 & 2015

“Applying for the Mentee Program was one of the most influential decisions I have ever made. Being able to spend two full weeks of dancing in New York City really confirmed my desire for a professional dance career. Upon finishing those two weeks, I felt like a completely different dancer and person. Getting the opportunity to dance side by side with other professional dancers in classes instilled the fire and want needed to achieve my professional goals. Working one-on-one with Jessica gave me a whole new appreciation for this beautiful art form. Gaining experience, drive, technique, and a new mentor and friends are just a few of the positives that came out of my participation in this program.”


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Erin Hicks

Temple University c/o 2018

Mentee 2017

“The J CHEN PROJECT Summer Mentee Program is so much more than just a regular dance intensive. It’s a totally immersive experience that allows you to step into the shoes of a professional dancer, and discover all the elements that go into living and working in NYC. I loved getting to take so many different classes to get a feel for the diverse possibilities that the city has to offer, and I also loved getting to meet and dance with Jessica’s company members. We even got to perform in a professional showcase with incredible dancers from the area, and network with people from all areas of the dance industry! If you’re looking for a dance intensive that will truly take you to the next level on your path to a professional career, this is the program for you. It may have only been 2 weeks, but it definitely changed my life!”


Jackie McCreavy

DeSales University c/o 2015

Mentee 2014 & 2015

"The J CHEN PROJECT Mentee Program is a great experience for pre-professional/professional dancers!

I have had the pleasure of joining this program and working with Jessica Chen multiple times.  The program gave me the chance to experience New York's art scene in many amazing ways. Along with seeing all that the city has to offer, I was introduced to many amazing dancers, instructors, and mentors whom I still keep in touch with today. The New York dance scene is an ocean full of many different currents and tides; being a part of this program pushed me to discover who I am as an artist and guided me towards my interest in New York and its dance scene."