Jesse Factor

Guest Instructor


Jesse Factor

Jesse Factor is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance/Choreography at the University of Iowa. He holds a BFA with honors in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and received a scholarship to the Martha Graham School. Jesse danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Graham II in repertory such as Acts of Light, Appalachian Spring, Celebration, Clytemnestra, Diversion of Angels, and Maple Leaf Rag. Jesse was featured in a recent reconstruction of Graham’s American Document, by Virginie Mecene, and has also performed in work by Robert Battle, Stuart Hodes, Larry Keigwin, and Bulareyaung Pagarlava. Additional touring credits include the national company of Cats, and the European company of Cabaret. Jesse’s work has been presented at American College Dance Association, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Iowa Dance Festival, Midwest RADfest, Suite Summer Festival, Greenspace, and The Tank. Jesse recently served as regisseur for Martha Graham’s Helios: Ritual to the Sun for the University of Iowa Dance Gala. Jesse teaches a the fundamental principles of the Graham technique with an emphasis on healthy execution and historical context. Moving from the center of body as a kinetic tool develops vibrant three-dimensional movement that students find useful in a variety of settings. Ideas of radiating and yielding, gathering one’s energy and emptying one’s self often arise in class. Additional training at American Dance Festival, Movement Research, and the 92nd Street Y Dance Education Lab informs his teaching.