Jess Raby- Lancaster Instructor
Jess started dancing at the age of 8 at Lisa Salem’s Heysham School of Dance, and has been teaching various styles of dance since the age of 15. She has been a supporting act for bands such as Clean Bandit and Years and Years, and danced at the Royal Albert Hall, Disneyland Paris, Saddlers Wells Theatre, Her Majesty’s theatre, the Lowry and many more. Upon finishing her A-levels, she was offered scholarships to study musical theatre and dance at two prestigious dance schools – SLP (Leeds) and Bodywork (Cambridge). However, she turned down these offers in order to pursue the chance to become an aerialist.
She then moved on to study at Edgehill University, where she earned a first class degree in Dance and Drama with Aerial Performance. During this time she was able to train and collaborate with Levantes Dance Theatre as well as Wired Aerial Theatre, who are known for their leading work in aerial performance and projects with P!NK and Diversity. During her degree she studied and trained on a variety of apparatus, including bunjee assisted dance, vertical wall, hoop/Lyra, silks and experimental aerial, even helping to create a new apparatus on which she performed. She was a company member of the all-female dance company 3rd edge. Since graduating, she has worked with TurnAround Dance Theatre where she not only assisted adult aerial and children’s educational classes, but also performed in their show ‘The Thief the Fox and the Pheonix’. In 2014 Jess finally found pole, as she was not able to train aerial at home and so searched for an alternative form of fitness. She has been trained solely by Inversion Pole Fitness during this time, and more recently turned her attention to competing. In 2017 she placed 3rd at the Cheshire Aerial Championships in the pole instructor category after only two-and-a-half years of pole fitness training. She also teaches other dance based fitness classes, including DanceFit, a group fitness program solely designed and taught by her. Jess started teaching for Inversion in April 2015 after being a class assistant for 6 months. Jess loves teaching and all of the challenges it brings – her favourite thing about teaching is the swell of pride she feels for her students when they hit a goal!