.........Jessica Runge


Returning 2016 - 17!

Jessica Runge will once again be offering dance classes for children in the Trinity-Bellwoods Neighbourhood. In her beautiful shared Studio at the new Artscape Youngplace building. Runges's classes include opportunities to learn through movement invention as well as repetition. Every session culminates with a collaboratively created dance performance.

For full details, contact classes @ jessicarunge.com


TEACHING (recent projects)



ad Resume and Curriculum Vitae      

Jessica Runge has many years of experience teaching dance at local elementary schools, such as Givins-Shaw, Lord Lansdowne, Montrose, and Niagara. She also has taught dance to high-school and university level students; street youth and other special needs youth; adult beginners; and professional dance artists. She has been a guest artist for the Toronto, London, Upper-Grand and Ottawa-Carleton Boards of Education, and is currently on the Ontario Arts Council Artists in Education Roster.


Kindergarten Students at Lord Lansdowne and daVinci perform site specific dance works (2016). Students at Montrose feature dances made with Runge at their Winter Concert (2016).

Kindergarten Students at Givins-Shaw create and perform site-specific dance works (2014) “Thank-you.... The children were so engaged and it was simply perfect, too, to have them perform outdoors.... We look forward to future opportunities to work together” Nadira Persaud, Principal, Givins-Shaw School.

120 Primary Students at Lord Lansdowne and daVinci perform 125 Anniversary Dance on the theme of teamwork created by Runge (2014) "It was a truly lovely moment” Beth Mills, Principal, Lord Lansdowne and daVinci Schools. Thank you!! Amazing work” Miriam Kramer, Chair, Lord Lansdowne School Council.

Primaries at Humewood create and perform short dances (2014). Runge has "a real knack for working with the younger, primary students.... kind and caring, yet full of lovely ideas to support their creativity. Students were encouraged for their efforts...." Pauline Roy, Teacher, Humewood

Salem Elementary School performs The Twenty-three-sided Shapeat Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (May 2007). See responses.

St. Margaret's Catholic Elementary School in Toronto (January 2006)
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see responses to Jessica's classes.

Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto (December 2004)
As part of an Artists in Education project, sponsored by the Ontario Arts Council, Jessica taught dance to students in grades 9 - 13 at Claude Watson School for the Arts.

Crescent Town Public School, Toronto, Ontario (May 2004).
Click here to view student work.

Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts, London, Ontario (April 2004 and May 2004)
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Click here to learn more about Jessica's dance classes at Pearson.


“Jessica was fabulous – patient but with high expectations which the children were able to meet.” Debbie Stockton, Grade four teacher, Givins-Shaw P.S.

“A wide variety of movement activities were presented....
Excellent, age, appropriate, creative workshop.” Kim MacIntyre, Kindergarten Teacher, Givins-Shaw P.S.

"A great success. The Twenty-three-sided Shape was wonderful and really did show the kids at their best." Catrina von Radecki,
Co-Artistic Director, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival

"Jessica shared her skills in an exceptional manner." 
Tammy White, Principal, Crescent Town P.S.