Jessica Peoples, RAD, RTS,
Director & Principal ZoNa Dance Company
Dance, Pilates & Yoga
Jessica began ballet class at the age of three in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She was introduced to contemporary dance and choreography in high school and Pilates classes in college it was during this time that her love of dance as a means of expressive communication grew.
After high school, she continued her dance training first at Scottsdale College before transferring to the prestigious University Of The Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she studied ballet, contemporary and jazz daily. Jessica trained with phenomenal, world renowned instructors such as LaVaughn Robinson, Wayne St. Denis, Andrew Pap and Ruth Andrien. She participated in many dance projects including Cultural Connection through the Arts, American College Dance Festival and a Multi-Artist project incorporating visual and performing artists.
Jessica is a qualified dance teacher with a Degree in Dance Performance, a Post Graduate Certificate in Dance Education and is a registered teacher (RTS) with the Royal Academy of Dance, she holds a Post-graduate year of Advanced Dance Performance from Ulster University, UK. After college Jessica was a member of the professional contemporary dance company, The Moving Co. where she performed, taught dance and collaborated on original chorographical works. Jessica earned a Professional Certificate in Dance from MIAET as one of six initiate dancers with Instinct Dancecorps. She is also a Certified Pilates instructor, qualified Yoga Teacher Yoga & Alliance UK member, and in addition to her dance and movement training she has a Bachelor Degree in Nutrition and Food Science.
Jessica teaches dance classes both in private studios and in schools. She teaches many styles of dance including ballet classes in Letterkenny & Inishowen, contemporary dance class, hip-hop/jazz, musical theatre dance and first wedding dances and has is passionate about Pilates & yoga. She has over 15 years of experience working with individuals of all ages and levels. Jessica has helped to develop the ballet and contemporary dance programs at a leading Donegal performing arts academy and has had her students go on to college to study dance at third level institutes in Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; London, UK and America.
Jessica has worked with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company in Londonderry, UK for the City of Culture 2013 as an independent dance artist. She had performed in ‘The Weather’ music video by The Henry Girls. And is also very proud to have an on going professional relationship with the national Irish ballet company; Ballet Ireland of which teaches masterclasses with ZoNa Dance Co. students. She had a post graduate certificate in Advanced Dance Performance University of Ulster and was a company member on the original work, DUST performed in 2017 at the Playhouse as part of the legacy showcase of Ulster University Dance Program.
Dance Classes and Pilates & Yoga Classes are held in our NEW studio AND ONLINE Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Greencastle, Co. Donegal, Moville, Co. Donegal