Sao Paulo, Brazil
Joined Orlando Ballet in 2014
Jessica Assef began her training at the age of four in Brazil at Escola de Ballet Corpo e Arte and continued with Jolles Salles. In 2010, at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) Assef was awarded a full scholarship to the Orlando Ballet School as a trainee. She was a trainee for two years and in 2012 she joined Orlando Ballet II, the second company.
Assef won the gold medal at Passo de Arte in 2010 and in 2013 she won the silver medal at the YAGP semifinals in Tampa, and the gold medal for the Bach Trio at YAGP NYC finals. 2013 was Assef’s first year as an apprentice. In 2014, she competed in the Jackson USA International Ballet Competition (USAIBC). This is her fourth season with the Orlando Ballet.
Photography by Michael Cairns 2016