Jessica Berard is the Hip Hop/Commercial Dance teacher as well as the dance ensemble advisor here at Sacred Heart University. She was raised in Connecticut and has been dancing since the age of three. From the age of three to sixteen she trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and pointe. She then attended Sacred Heart University and became a member of the dance ensemble for all four years. Through Sacred Heart and the Connecticut dance community she developed a love for Hip Hop. Her junior and senior year she was elected onto the executive board for dance ensemble as the Vice President. Through her years at Sacred Heart University she choreographed multiple pieces that were performed in both the fall and spring ensemble showcases.
After graduating from Sacred Heart University in 2014 with a BS in psychology, Jessica went on to work at a psychiatric hospital in Westport. While working at the hospital she danced with a Hip Hop company entitled Megahurtz. During this time she also continued her training at Broadway Dance Center in New York City as well as local studios in Connecticut. In 2015 she competed at World of Dance with Megahurtz Dance Company in Boston, Massachusetts. She also appeared in local artist G. Brunot’s music video “Goosebumps”. She furthered her training by participating in multiple Hip Hop intensives with Ashley Anderson and David Beatz here in Connecticut. She also has numerous appearances in local choreographers dance production/concept videos on YouTube
Jessica currently still works at the psychiatric hospital as a mental health worker, as well as at Sacred Heart University. She continues to train by taking classes in Connecticut, and at Broadway Dance Center, EXPG, and Ripley Grier studios in NYC. She teaches workshops here in Connecticut at local studios and choreographs for the both the dance ensemble and company here at Sacred Heart University. She is currently attending graduate school at Fairfield University to receive her masters in Mental Health Counseling. She plans to keep growing in the professional dance world as well as make sure she receives her education to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. No matter where or how, Jessica states that she will dance for the rest of her life because she simply can’t live without it.
Degrees and Certifications
- BS in Psychology from Sacred Heart University, 2014